2020 Police Officer of the Year

Published on March 03, 2021

Police Det. Jared Ruby on right holding a plaque and standing next to Merriam Police Chief Darren McLaughlin.

Described as someone with a positive and caring attitude, Det. Jared Ruby today was named the 2020 Merriam Police Officer of the Year.

Ruby spent much of 2020 training new officers and instructing his peers on the range. But, his greatest achievement was saving a life. In August, Ruby used CPR and a defibrillator on a man who had stopped breathing. His quick actions helped the man, who was able to fully recover.

Capt. Chris Brokaw said Ruby “constantly represents our department core values by demonstrating ‘courage, sacrifice, and compassion.'”

The department’s Officer of the Year Award is a peer-nominated award.

“It feels good to be recognized by such a great group of people,” Ruby said. “There are many officers here that deserve this award, and I’m thankful I get to work alongside them.”