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Patrolman Ralph Franklin Garthwaite | Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Iowa State Patrol, Iowa


Ralph Franklin Garthwaite

Iowa State Patrol, Iowa

End of Watch: Saturday, July 2, 1955

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 218

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Acquitted

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Patrolman Ralph Garthwaite was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver on Highway 30. The incident occurred on a bridge as Patrolman Garhwaite travelled northbound towards Dunlap, Iowa.

The suspect was charged with manslaughter. A jury found him innocent November 30, 1956.

Patrolman Garthwaite had served with the Iowa State Patrol for three years.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
July 4, 2015


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