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By Miriam Raftery

October 16, 2017 (Julian) - A retired La Mesa Police officer, Tom Ruth, was killed Saturday in a motorcycle accident.

According to the California Highway Patrol, he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a parked truck on State Route 79 near Julian.

The La Mesa Police Officers Association has issued a statement offering “thoughts and prayers” for retired Officer Ruth’s wife.

On the group’s Facebook page, several officers shared memories of Ruth. 

Ryan Rogers wrote, “My very first beat partner. He was the best person to learn from. Great guy on and off duty. What a tragic loss. My prayers for his family.”


Tom Ruth

You will be missed dear friend. Our lives will never be the same. Just hanging out in the evenings, being there for each other. Our trips to Maui will never be the same. All the fun memories we will hold forever in our hearts. God Bless,Rest in Peace dear friend. Robert & Rebecca