A dispatcher at a career services center by day, he volunteers to walk women home at night.
The president and founder of the Brooklyn BIKE Patrol, a volunteer organization that escorts women home during late hours, he admitted to always having a soft spot for helping people.
“My father always told me to help others,” Ruiz said, who also stressed that part of his desire to protect people came from previously serving in the Army.
Ruiz said he started the group last May after a growing number of attacks in Park Slope. Along with a few friends, Ruiz said he addressed the problem by walking women home late at night from subways and train stations.
“After that, the idea sort of caught fire,” he said.
Now Ruiz boasts that there are 15 volunteers and counting in the organization. “This is a good group of guys from all walks of life,” he said.
He also stressed that since implementing Brooklyn BIKE Patrol, there have been a noticeable decrease in attacks.
“We used to get calls every single day,” he said. “There aren't as many any more because there are less attacks, and I feel really good about that.”
To find out more about Brooklyn BIKE Patrol, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BROOKLYNBIKEPATROL. You can also call (718) 744-7592.