Sergeant Ralph M. Galdi

Sergeant Ralph M. Galdi

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, March 31, 1986

Ralph M. Galdi

Sergeant Galdi was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a suspect. He and his partner were returning from court when they observed a vehicle run a red light and strike another vehicle.

The suspect attempted to flee the scene and was pursued by the two officers. During the pursuit the man produced a .38 caliber revolver and opened fire at the intersection of North 5th Street and Spring Garden Avenue, striking Sergeant Galdi three times. The other officer returned fire, wounding the suspect. The man was sentenced to life plus 45 years.

Sergeant Galdi had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 21 years and was assigned to the Sex Crimes Unit. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and two sons.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 8640

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Not available

foot pursuit

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Dear Sgt. Galdi,

You are not forgotten.

I work at 8th and Spring Garden. I pass by your memorial plaque at 5th Street often. I never pass without a glance, a prayer and the sadness that I feel everytime a police officer loses their life while protecting and serving. My Father who is a retired Philadelphia Police Officer knew you and was at the dedication. You are a hero angel. Rest in peace Sgt. Galdi.

Grateful friend of Law Enforcement

March 31, 2016

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