Patrolman Ralph Franklin Garthwaite

Patrolman Ralph Franklin Garthwaite

Iowa State Patrol, Iowa

End of Watch Saturday, July 2, 1955

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Ralph Franklin Garthwaite

Patrolman Ralph Garthwaite was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver on Highway 30. The incident occurred on a bridge as Patrolman Garhwaite travelled northbound towards Dunlap, Iowa.

The suspect was charged with manslaughter. A jury found him innocent November 30, 1956.

Patrolman Garthwaite had served with the Iowa State Patrol for three years.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 218

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Acquitted

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 2, 2020

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