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 was assigned to the Traffic Division and also served as a part-time officer for the Youngstown State University Police Department. He had been with the agency for 13 years and 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 Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Ralph J. DeSalle, Jr. Of the Youngstown Police Department, Ohio and the additional 77 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

June 13, 2018

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