Ruffolo and another officer, John Goetz, were struck by a vehicle and seriously
injured while investigating a vehicle struck in a hit and run
in front of 4421 Prospect
Avenue. As the officers were speaking to the owner of the vehicle struck in the hit and run another fast moving vehicle struck their patrol car and pinned the officers against a parked car breaking both of each officer's legs. Officer Goetz recovered but Officer Ruffolo died from his injuries four months
later at Menorah Hospital.
Ruffolo, 44, was with the Kansas City Police
Department for less than a year and previously
served in the United States Navy on the U.S.S. Leary. He was
a first generation American, both of his parents emigrated from Italy. He was survived by his wife, Louise Ruffolo and a sister, Clara. Parents: Benjamin and Carrie.
Interred: St. Mary's Cemetery
Article by Brent Marchant