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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Here we are again, dear Ray. Another year gone by, now 34 years without you in all of our lives - your dear Family of course & your PPD family & friends. You will always be honored & remembered. At almost every Police service we attend - the happy ones & the sad ones, old friends still remember & honor you. Your name always comes up. The guys still trade their 'stories' of so many times with you on the 'job' back then, as if it were yesterday.

You were that loving, good man to everyone you came in contact with. You always will be, in all of our memories. May your dear Family have peace one day. We Honor Your Beloved Memory.

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of Philadelphia Police Department Officers

March 31, 2020

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