HISLEA honors our fallen members and associates, heros who have fallen in the line of duty, by maintaining a remembrance of their service and dedication.
Patrolman Irma Ruiz
End of Watch: September 22, 1988
Irma Ruiz Award of Valor
Officer Ruiz was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person call, involving an emotionally disturbed person, at the Montefiore Special Elementary School. Officer Ruiz and her partner, Greg Jaglowski, confronted a mentally deranged gunman after the man had already shot four people, three fatally, at an auto parts store located across the street.
After wounding one officer, the gunman fired at Officer Ruiz. She was mortally wounded in the attack. Despite being wounded, Officer Ruiz's partner was able to return fire and kill the gunman. Officer Ruiz and her partner were credited with saving the lives of hundreds of young school children that day.
In memory of her heroic efforts the brand new Irma C. Ruiz Elementary School was named in her honor.
Officer Ruiz is survived by her husband, daughter, and three sons.