Heroes Roll Call: Sergeant Patrick J. Ryan, #501

The Cleveland Police Museum is honored to tell the stories of our Fallen Officers on the anniversaries of their End of Watch.

Sergeant Patrick J. Ryan, EOW 1/14/1944

Patrick Ryan was appointed a Patrolman on February 20, 1907. Ryan was credited with many sensational captures of Cleveland gunmen in the twenties when he worked out of the Thirteenth Precinct at East 80th and Superior. Daring arrests were made by Ryan after gun battles, but he remained unscathed.

On January14, 1944, Sergeant Patrick Joseph Ryan, then detailed to the Prosecutor’s office for many years, traveled to Brookville, Florida with Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor John J. Mahon to pick up a vote-fraud suspect being held in Miami.  Near the end of their trip, Mahon’s car rammed into the rear end of a car that stopped suddenly in front of them. Mahon’s car flipped over, seriously injuring Sergeant Ryan. Sergeant Ryan died several hours later in a Brookville, Florida hospital.

Plain Dealer, 10/17/1944

Detective Ryan and was survived by his wife Edith Mae Ryan.  Services were held at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church and he was interred at Calvary Cemetery.

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