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KANE COUNTY | Community Saddened at the Passing of Deputy Christopher Ruchaj (50)



COMMUNITY MOURNS THE LOSS OF KANELAND HIGH SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER

The community was shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Kane County Deputy Christopher Ruchaj. The media release posted earlier by the Kane County Sheriff's Office reads as follows:


Kane County Deputy Sheriff Chris Ruchaj (1973-2024)


It is with great sadness that Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain and Undersheriff Amy Johnson share the news of the death of one of their own.


Deputy Christopher Ruchaj, age 50, passed away unexpectedly of cardiac arrest on February 14, 2024, at his home. He had been a part of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) family since 1997.


“There are no words to express our gratitude and appreciation for his many years of service and dedication to both the KCSO and the community he served,” said Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain. “Deputy Ruchaj was an extraordinary friend, co-worker and brother.”


During his tenure, Deputy Ruchaj served on the patrol and warrant divisions and was currently working as the Community Resource Officer at Kaneland High School in Maple Park. Counselors have been made available to students and staff at the school as they process the loss of Deputy Ruchaj. Assistance is also being offered to his colleagues with the KCSO.

Deputy Ruchaj was known for his passion for helping guide kids towards a positive path in life. He recently participated in a roundtable discussion concerning online safety, emphasizing the importance of parents engaging in conversations with their teenagers about the enduring nature of social media content.


When not in uniform, Deputy Ruchaj was a cherished father of three and friend to all who knew him. He also previously served the Sugar Grove community as a Fire District Trustee.

Deputy Ruchaj was, and will remain, highly regarded by those who had the privilege of knowing and working with him.

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