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The Brooklyn Bike Patrol, an all-volunteer escort service that walks women home after dark, shut down its services after founder Jay Ruiz suffered two heart attacks earlier in the week.

“I’m so sorry to all the women who depend on our service,” Ruiz posted on the patrol’s Facebook page on Friday morning.

Ruiz initially thought he had heartburn, but finally went to the hospital after he started vomiting. Doctors ran tests that revealed the two heart attacks.

The 48-year-old said he was shocked to find out he had heart problems.

“I ride 200 miles a week and do 100 pushups a day,” he said from his hospital bed. “I thought I was perfectly healthy.”

Even though Ruiz manages a handful of volunteers who help the service reach women at 55 subway stops across Brooklyn, he said that none of them were regular enough to take over running the service.

“Hopefully, I can come back someday down the line, but right now I have to concentrate on my health,” he said.

Ruiz started Brooklyn Bike Patrol in 2011 in the wake of a series of gropings in South Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, and Kensington. The service gained more attention in December of last year after a handful of sex attacks in Williamsburg.

The service requires women to call 45 minutes before they expected to be at their subway stop so that the escorts could be there waiting to walk them home when they arrived.

After Ruiz posted the announcement on Facebook Friday morning from his hospital bed, there was an outpouring of support from women who had used the service.

“Thank you for what you’ve given to Brooklyn,” said Diane.

“Thanks for keeping an eye out for the ladies of Brooklyn,” said Chloe. “You’re kind of the coolest.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.

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Reasonable discourse

K from The hood says:
A genuine thanks for the service, very sorry to hear about his heart
June 17, 2013, 11:50 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Of course he'll stay here - they charge you for health care in Mexico!
June 18, 2013, 8:08 am
ty from pps says:
God you are a disgusting, ugly lot of people. Your black hearts are just oozing for a chance to say something nasty.

This is a man that committed himself to making the city better. What have you done, Danielle and Rufus?
June 18, 2013, 10:16 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Simple statement of fact -

Why would anyone go back to Mexico if that's where they are from? Millions of people from Mexico come here, because it's such a miserable country.

They charge for health care in Mexico.
June 18, 2013, 10:38 am
chru from red hook says:
jay ruiz is a decent human being, trying to make brooklyn a better place - he's an admirable role model. hope he gets better soon.
June 18, 2013, 12:07 pm
Po'd Brooklyn from Prospect Heights says:
Danielle and Rufus - where do you get the idea that he is from Mexico? He was born and raised here and has worked all his life. He has been a little league coach, a mentor and community activist. You are disgusting human beings and the sad part is he would still help you if you needed it. His soul is pure and his heart can be mended - your type of ugly cuts to the bone. I am ashamed that you are from Brooklyn.
June 18, 2013, 3:33 pm
Matt from Park Slope says:
Ty makes an unfortunately accurate observation, and asks a very good question, which I notice is going unanswered.

Snark ain't a public service, "Rufus" and "Danielle". It's twisted, lonely, pathetic egotism.
June 18, 2013, 3:44 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Jumping to delusions there kids!

I never said he was from Mexico.

You added it to your narrative.
June 18, 2013, 3:57 pm
Po'd Brooklyn from Prospect Heights says:
I apologize for addressing my post to you Rufus.
June 18, 2013, 4:01 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
"“I ride 200 miles a week and do 100 pushups a day."

The heart is a mystery. One can fortify the entire body and yet the heart goes Its own way. How many times have we read young athletes, not even adults, suddenly collapsing in the middle of something innocuous, from heart failure? [I've read about it twice] Irrespective the alien things inserted into this narrative about health care from Rufus [who complains about others inserting into narratives], Mr. Ruiz performed a magnificent service and deserves blessings. And maybe some omega-3 in his diet. Or less anxiety. Or who knows? I likewise work out 5 times a week and have had heart problems. Only a doctor can tell, and some cannot.
June 19, 2013, 6:35 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
"“I ride 200 miles a week and do 100 pushups a day."

The heart is a mystery. One can fortify the entire body and yet the heart goes Its own way. How many times have we read young athletes, not even adults, suddenly collapsing in the middle of something innocuous, from heart failure? [I've read about it twice] Irrespective the alien things inserted into this narrative about health care from Rufus [who complains about others inserting into narratives], Mr. Ruiz performed a magnificent service and deserves blessings. And maybe some omega-3 in his diet. Or less anxiety. Or who knows? I likewise work out 5 times a week and have had heart problems. Only a doctor can tell, and some cannot.
June 19, 2013, 6:35 am

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