Patrolman Ralph J. DeSalle, Jr.

Patrolman Ralph J. DeSalle, Jr.

Youngstown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, June 13, 1984

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Ralph J. DeSalle, Jr.

Patrolman Ralph DeSalle was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic at an accident on I-680, near Wayne Avenue.

A speeding tractor-trailer attempted to stop but jack-knifed and struck Patrolman DeSalle at approximately 3:45 pm. Patrolman DeSalle was transported to South Side Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries 30 minutes later.

Patrolman DeSalle had served 13 years with the Youngstown Police Department, assigned to the Traffic Division, and also served as a part-time officer for the Youngstown State University Police Department. He was survived by his wife, daughter, mother, sister, and brother.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 50

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

accident scene

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Ralph J. DeSalle, Jr. of the Youngstown Police Department, Ohio and the additional 89 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

June 13, 2023

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