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Officer Adam Ruzek is a member of the Chicago Police Intelligence Unit.

Biography

Adam's parents divorced when he was a child. Bob Ruzek, his father, served with both Sergeant Voight and Detective Olinsky, Adam's former partner. This is most likely the reason that Adam sought to become a police officer. Growing up, Adam was very close to his father who made the time out of his busy job to spend as much time as he could with him.

When he was 18, Adam was engaged to his girlfriend Nicole but broke it off as both felt they were too young. He later attended classes at the police academy. When Intelligence needed an undercover officer, Adam was taken right out of the Academy. Since then, he has remained a member of Intelligence.

Later on, he became engaged in to a woman named Wendy. He did not reveal to her too much about what goes on at work to protect her. They were shown to have a close and playful relationship, sending racy photos of each other back and forth.

While Adam is very eager to please, he sometimes makes impulsive decisions (such as accepting a call from his fiancé during a stakeout). This creates friction between himself and Olinsky.

Adam and a patrol woman Kim Burgess had a close working friendship, frequently spending time bantering at work. He even helps Burgess get revenge on Platt, a desk Sergeant who treats Burgess and Atwater (before he became a part of Intelligence),as well as most other officers horribly. After a particularily stressful call, Adam and Kim shared a kiss. Kim regretted this almost instantly as Adam was engaged.

During a shootout with Jacob Sims, Adam is shot in the chest. The injury is not severe as his Kevlar vest deflected most of the shot.

Towards the end of Season one, he broke up with Wendy becoming involved in a secret romantic relationship with Officer Kim Burgess.

Season 2

Burgess and Ruzek's relationship grows. When she is shot, it brings it home to Ruzek how he feels about her. They admit they love each other and their relationship becomes known to colleagues so they don't need to hide it anymore.

In the finale, Ruzek proposes to Burgess in the locker room, as he wanted to keep it informal. She accepts his proposal and they share a passionate kiss.

Season 3

It was revealed that Ruzek still loves Kim and wants nothing more than to resume his relationship with her. And occasionally makes out with her


Season 4

Ruzek returns from an undercover job, hoping his job with Intelligence is still open. When he was gone, however, his spot was taken by former Narcotics detective Kenny Rixton. Ruzek then talks to Voight about his old spot in Intelligence and if he can get it back. Voight can't give Ruzek his old spot so he had to work in Uniform.

In Favor, Affection, Malice or Ill-Will Ruzek is cleaning his locker when Rixton tells him that he was good friends with his father. He also reveals he has accepted a job offer to be the second hand of a narcotics team, to which Ruzek then returns to Intelligence.

Season 5

He doesn't get back together with Kim until Season 5, and their relationship blossoms once again in Confidential when they kiss at Molly's. It is unknown when they end it thereafter.

Season 6

In Descent, Adam partakes in the rescue of saving Antonio’s daughter. He is shocked to learn that Antonio has a painkiller addiction which resulted in the kidnapper. Adam and Voight find the kidnapper, before Antonio appears to violently beat up and pushes the criminal out of a window, instantly killing him.

From Bad Boys to Sacrifice, he dated fellow detective Hailey Upton. They both agreed they were better off as friends, it is implied that he still loves Kim Burgess.

In Reckoning, Adam is arrested for his part in trying to bring down Brian Kelton. He tells his squad that he’d rather not see them as he is being taken into custody by IAD.

Season 7

The episode Doubt shows Ruzek has been stripped of his police powers and he is awaiting trial, due to taking the fall for something Antonio did. However, in Assets, Ruzek's case was dismissed by a favor pulled by Voight, which grants Ruzek his position in Intelligence once again, whilst fortifying his loyalty to the latter.

During No Regrets, Ruzek learns that he got ex-fiancé Kim Burgess was pregnant with his child. As a result of the news, he is shocked and asks her what she intends to do. After the case with a rescue missing woman who was held captive for years, Kim informs Adam that she has decided to give birth and he tells her that he will support her. However, the baby was lost in a miscarriage.

Notes and Trivia

  • Ruzek is left-handed, a trait shared with his actor, Patrick John Flueger.
  • In Season 1, Ruzek was seen using a Beretta 92G Elite, although this was for only one episode. His duty-issue sidearm up until Payback then became a Glock 17. Since then, he has switched to a SIG-Sauer 1911 Max, only temporarily switching back to the former during the OID investigation. In Season 7 post-reinstatement, he uses a Springfield XDM 9mm.
    • Uniquely, he holds his gun using the Center Axis Relock stance.
  • His knowledge of button-operated locks comes from his aunt, who is a realtor.
  • He has used numerous unmarked standard-issue police cars, including a dark blue Chevrolet Impala 9C1, a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, and a Ford Police Interceptor Utility. For the rest of Season 5 since Payback, he used a Pontiac G8, but has switched this out in Season 6 for another Impala 9C1. In Season 7, Ruzek temporarily uses Olinsky's Dodge Magnum in a sting operation. Since the Season 8 episode Tender Care, he starts using a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.
  • Ruzek's badge number is 59054.
  • Ruzek has used multiple radio codes during his time in Intelligence:
    • 5021 David.
    • 5021 Charlie.
    • 5021 Ida (currently used since season 5).
  • He has been engaged three times: his school sweetheart Nicole, Wendy, and Kim Burgess.
  • He is called Ruz by Jay Halstead, Antonio Dawson, Kevin Atwater, Hailey Upton and Hank Voight.
  • Ruzek's Class A uniform displays the Unit Meritorious Performance Award, Joint Operations Award, and Special Service Award.
  • Adam was first in line to become a detective . However due to him talking to Denny Woods to get dirty on Hank Voight. Voight tells him that Kevin is next in line. It is unsure who is next in line, as Kim was talking about taking courses to become a detective. Since Kevin hasn’t talked about it often.
  • Adam has the least amount of time being a patrol officer. He was pulled directly from the police Academy and put right into intelligence.

Appearances

Season 1 Appearances
"Stepping Stone" "Wrong Side of the Bars" "Chin Check" "Now Is Always Temporary" "Thirty Balloons"
"Conventions" "The Price We Pay" "Different Mistakes" "A Material Witness" "At Least It's Justice"
"Turn the Light Off" "8:30 PM" "My Way" "The Docks" "A Beautiful Friendship"
Season 2 Appearances
"Call It Macaroni" "Get My Cigarettes" "The Weigh Station" "Chicken, Dynamite, Chainsaw" "An Honest Woman"
"Prison Ball" "They'll Have to Go Through Me" "Assignment of the Year" "Called in Dead" "Shouldn't Have Been Alone"
"We Don't Work Together Anymore" "Disco Bob" "A Little Devil Complex" "Erin's Mom" "What Do You Do"
"What Puts You On That Ledge" "Say Her Real Name" "Get Back to Even" "The Three Gs" "The Number of Rats"
"There's My Girl" "Push The Pain Away" "Born Into Bad News"
Season 3 Appearances
"Life is Fluid" "Natural Born Storyteller" "Actual Physical Violence" "Debts of the Past" "Climbing Into Bed"
"You Never Know Who's Who" "A Dead Kid, a Notebook and a Lot of Maybes" "Forget My Name" "Never Forget I Love You" "Now I'm God"
"Knocked The Family Right Out" "Looking Out For Stateville" "Hit Me" "The Song of Gregory Williams Yates" "A Night Owl"
"The Cases that Need to be Solved" "Forty-Caliber Bread Crumb" "Kasual with a K" "If We Were Normal" "In A Duffel Bag"
"Justice" "She's Got Us" "Start Digging"
Season 4 Appearances
"The Silos" "Made a Wrong Turn" "All Cylinders Firing" "Big Friends, Big Enemies" "A War Zone"
"Some Friend" "300,000 Likes" "A Shot Heard Around the World" "Don't Bury This Case" "Don't Read the News"
"You Wish" "Sanctuary" "I Remember Her Now" "Seven Indictments" "Favor, Affection, Malice or Ill-Will"
"Emotional Proximity" "Remember the Devil" "Little Bit of Light" "Last Minute Resistance" "Grasping for Salvation"
"Fagin" "Army of One" "Fork in the Road"
Season 5 Appearances
"Reform" "The Thing About Heroes" "Promise" "Snitch" "Home"
"Fallen" "Care Under Fire" "Politics" "Monster" "Rabbit Hole"
"Confidential" "Captive" "Chasing Monsters" "Anthem" "Sisterhood"
"Profiles" "Breaking Point" "Ghosts" "Payback" "Saved"
"Allegiance" "Homecoming"
Season 6 Appearances
"New Normal" "Bad Boys" "Endings" "Ride Along" ""
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Season 7 Appearances
Doubt Assets Familia Infection, Part 3 Brother's Keeper
False Positive Informant No Regrets Absolution Mercy
43rd and Normal The Devil You Know I Was Here Center Mass Burden of Truth
Intimate Violence Before the Fall Lines Buried Secrets Silence of the Night


Season 8 Appearances
Fighting Ghosts White Knuckle Tender Age Unforgiven In Your Care
Equal Justice Instinct Protect and Serve Impossible Dream The Radical Truth
Signs of Violence Due Process Trouble Dolls Safe The Right Thing
The Other Side

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