Mayor Swearengin Praises Motorcycle Officer Rudy Ruiz, Extends Wishes for Full and Speedy Recovery

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin today praised Fresno Police Department Officer Rudy Ruiz and extended her well wishes and hope for his “full and speedy recovery.” Officer Ruiz was injured Tuesday during the search for a suspect who fled from police.

“Each and every day, our police officers face unpredictable situations, ones in which they often find themselves in harm’s way,” Mayor Swearengin said. “Even the most normal days – and I say normal knowing full well that there probably is no such thing for police officers -- are potentially dangerous ones for our officers as they protect our city’s residents.”

“Officer Ruiz has displayed the kind of courage and bravery that we’ve come to expect from our police officers. He deserves our highest praise, and I want to extend to him my well wishes and hope for a full and speedy recovery.”

Mayor Swearengin today joined Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer at a news conference updating Officer Ruiz’s condition.

Officer Ruiz, a motorcycle officer who is a 16-year veteran of the Fresno Police Department, lost consciousness at the scene, suffered a deep laceration to his knee and several lacerations, bumps and bruises over his body when his motorcycle was struck head-on by a suspect fleeing from police.

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