Police Officer Ralph Sorli

Police Officer Ralph Sorli

Suffolk County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, August 14, 1977

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Ralph Sorli

Police Officer Ralph Sorli was off-duty when he heard an alarm ringing at a service station near his home. Police Officer Sorli proceeded to investigate and found a broken window at the scene. Police Officer Sorli then notified the police. Police Officer Sorli waited at the scene for the police and an owner to arrive. After leaving the scene at approximately 2:00 a.m., Police Officer Sorli, while crossing Route 25A, was hit by a car and killed instantly. The operator of the vehicle left the scene of the crash, but later turned himself in at the Sixth Precinct.

Police Officer Sorli was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 14 years, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County PD, NY

February 17, 2020

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