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The Officer Down Memorial Page Remembers . . .
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[/TD][TD]Officer Monte Ruby
CoxHealth Department of Public Safety
Missouri

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Biographical Info
Age: 62
Tour of Duty: 15 years
Badge Number: 420
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Assault
Date of Incident: Saturday, August 2, 2008
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Info: Charged with murder
Officer Monte Ruby succumbed to an injury sustained four days earlier when he was assaulted by a prisoner who was receiving medical aide at Cox North Hospital in Springfield.

The prisoner had been taken to the hospital for treatment from dog bites sustained during his arrest earlier in the evening. While in the emergency room he became combative and kicked Officer Ruby in the neck. Despite the injury, Officer Ruby and a Springfield police officer were able to subdue the suspect.

Officer Ruby collapsed moments later and was immediately treated for a neck and spine injury caused by the kick. He succumbed to the injury four days later.

Officer Ruby had served with the agency for 15 years and held a commission through the Greene County Sheriff's Department. He had previously served as a reserve officer with the Springfield Police Department.

He is survived by his wife and children.
Agency Contact Information
CoxHealth Department of Public Safety
1423 N. Jefferson
Springfield, MO 65802

Phone: (417) 269-3000

Please contact the CoxHealth Department of Public Safety for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.
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