Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch Sunday, August 22, 2021
Reserve Police Officer David Ruiz died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Officer Ruiz was a United States Navy veteran. He served with the Dallas Police Department for 32 years and then patrolled for four years as a reserve officer. Officer Ruiz is survived by his wife, three children, and three step-children.
Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.