Police Officer Arthur Del Gaudio, Jr.

Police Officer Arthur Del Gaudio, Jr.

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Thursday, April 22, 1976

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Arthur Del Gaudio, Jr.

Officer Del Gaudio was killed while in the pursuit of an intoxicated and reckless driver. The officer collided with another police car and then careened into the wall of a home. His death was instrumental in persuading the State Legislature to enact the Unlawful Flight statute.

Officer Del Gaudio was survived by his wife who was pregnant with their first child.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 2964

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

drunk driver

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Every time an officer receives his last call of duty I think of Art. Beth was with child at the time, and my heart was so full of hurt for her. Beth and Art lived behind us. I will never forget either of them. They were the nicest neighbors that another young couple could hope to have met. I will miss Art, and wish nothing but the best for Beth and her family.


May 26, 2016

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