National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Battalion Chief
Age: 49
Year of Death: 2021

John T. Ruddy

John T. Ruddy was born September 20, 1972, to loving parents John and Grace Ruddy.

As little brother to his sweet sister Kelli, John and his family stayed in Jersey City for a number of years before moving to Rutherford, New Jersey. John graduated from Rutherford High School and then attended Rutgers University, where he majored in both fine arts and religion.

After graduating from Rutgers University, he moved back to Jersey City and followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the Jersey City Fire Department. He was the youngest member to be promoted to captain and then to battalion chief. He served on the department for 28 years.

His passion and dedication extended beyond the firehouse to his love of art, travel, and linguistics.

He was an intriguing member of the Jersey City arts community and helped to beautify his neighborhood by creating murals throughout the city. He promoted his passion of art by establishing a number of art studios. John curated many art shows in order to shed light on local artists while exhibiting his own paintings.

John gave back to Jersey City not only through beauty but also by serving its community selflessly for over two decades until he was called to serve a higher purpose and transitioned on December 8, 2021.

His love, compassion and most perfect creation live on through our daughter Asha.

It has been my honor and privilege to have spent 23 years together with the love of my life.

John was a loving husband, father, son, brother, coworker, and friend.

His light will continue to shine on, and he will be forever missed.

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  1. John served at ground zero on 9/11 with his FDJC Engine 17 company.

    – John M Ruddy