Chief of Police Ralph Richard Ash

Chief of Police Ralph Richard Ash

Swea City Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Saturday, August 8, 1981

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Ralph Richard Ash

Chief Ash was struck and killed by a vehicle while setting up a roadblock at 0515 hours. A burglary suspect, who had been chased into Iowa by Minnesota authorities, attempted to run the roadblock and crashed into Chief Ash's patrol car, killing him instantly.

The 20-year-old suspect was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 5 years in Anamosa Prison January 25, 1982.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years

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Chief Ash,
It may be 40 years since your End of Watch but you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Swea City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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