BSO EMPLOYEE RECENTLY HONORED AT AWARDS CEREMONY DIES OF CANCER
Date: May 23, 2013 PIO Number: 13-5-18
A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy honored in March with an award for her courageous spirit despite a life-threatening illness has died. Joslyn Ruback, who worked in the Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Detention since 2000, died Monday. She was 39.
“She told me, ‘Don’t let anyone say I lost my battle with cancer. Tell them I won my battle to be with the Lord,’” BSO Lt. Col. Kim Spadaro said.
When Ruback took the stage at BSO’s March 15 awards ceremony to accept the sheriff’s Special Recognition Award from Sheriff Scott Israel, hundreds of BSO employees gave her a standing ovation. An emcee described how her coworkers loved her for her warm and uplifting personality and for being a true inspiration and always doing for others.
“Her spirit and personality has never changed, despite battling a life-threatening illness. Deputy Ruback has remained the same warm and friendly person, regardless of the difficult medical treatments and pain she endures,” he said.
Survivors include her husband, Michael Ruback, a BSO law enforcement deputy; her mother, Debbie Lawrence; her brother, Christopher Lawrence and several beloved nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Community Christian Church, 10001 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac.
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