Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Officer John W. Ruggiero Age: 27 years old Tour: 3 years Fall River Police End of Watch: Monday, July 23, 1973
Obituary
Officer John Ruggiero was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle on Boutwell Street at 3:30 am.

He had observed the car driving without lights and began to follow the car. The vehicle pulled into a parking lot and two men jumped out and ran towards Officer Ruggiero's patrol car while shooting at him. The suspects were apprehended a short time later and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Ruggiero was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Fall River Police Department for almost three years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Remembering …

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