Sergeant Ralph M. Galdi

Sergeant Ralph M. Galdi

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, March 31, 1986

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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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We hold you and your Family in our hearts, prayers and memories dear Ray, on this solemn day, 33 years now after your death. Time doesn't soften things; if only it could. You are remembered & honored for your courage and dedicated service to the job and your deep caring of your fellow Officers. Even more so, your love of Family. You were a true gentleman, Ray. I never forgot the day I first met you. You took off your hat when you said hello & shook my hand. Times had started to change even back then - your sweet gesture left such a lasting memory that you would be so gallant to a fellow Officer's wife.

Not a doubt you have watched over your dear Family all these years. We honor your beloved memory and continue to pray for peace for your Family. Thank you, dear Ray. Philly truly lost one of the good guys on that horrible day. You are not forgotten.

Mary Ellen Auman & Family
Wife & Mother of Philadelphia Police Officers

March 31, 2019

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