Patrolman Ralph Franklin Garthwaite

Patrolman Ralph Franklin Garthwaite

Iowa State Patrol, Iowa

End of Watch Saturday, July 2, 1955

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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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 4, 2015

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