Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Ralph M. Galdi

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, March 31, 1986

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Reflections for Sergeant Ralph M. Galdi

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

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

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

Rest in Peace Sergeant Galdi. Your shift has ended all too soon. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the flesh of your murderer. May he rot in despair and turmoil for eternity.


Sr. Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police

March 31, 2016

A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand

March 31, 2015

I will never forget the day officers came into the supermarket where I worked with young Ralphie. It's something that I have never forgotten and unfortunately reflect on that moment every time I hear of an officer being shot or murdered.

Friend of the family
Friend of the family

March 7, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 1, 2012

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 31, 2010

You are remembered today and everyday SERGEANT GALDI, you are a hero for us all to look up too. God bless your family


December 4, 2008

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

March 31, 2008



February 28, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 24, 2008

A Hero Plaque Dedication is scheduled for May 2, 2007 at 10:00 at where you were killed, 5th and Spring Garden, to start off Philadelphia Police Police week.
It will serve as a permanent reminder to all who pass there of the sacrifice you made for the City of Philadelphia. Rest in peace Sarge.

P/O Joseph Leighthardt
Philadelphia Police Department

April 28, 2007

Your legacy lives on. Your wife and children cherish the time they had with you, your grandchildren know you through their parents stories, and countless friends will always remember you as one of the good guys.

May you forever enjoy your reward in the Kingdom of Heaven.


April 28, 2007

Know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten sir.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

March 31, 2007

I worked with Ralph "Ray" Galdi for 3 years in the Philadelphia Police Department's Sex Criems Unit and knew him as a kind, quite and dedicated sergeant. Ray was killed trying to help someone who he thought had just been in a traffic accident. Unfortunately, the male was a drug courier who feared being arrested when he shot Ray point blank in the chest. Fortunatley, Officer Vince Wiley, who was with Sergeant Galdi that day, returned fire, striking the male multiple times and an apprehension was made. God bless you Ray, you will always be in our memory.

Captain Dennis P. Cullen
Philadelphia Police Department

Captain Dennis P. Cullen
Philadlephia Police Department

April 3, 2006

Sgt. Galdi,

Those that follow in your footsteps will never forget your sacrifice and will ensure that your memory lives on.

John McGrody, Sergeant
Philadelphia Police, SVU

March 31, 2006

I was a child when you were killed. I remember your wife, who worked at my gradeschool.

Your heroism and sacrifice will live forever.

Philadelphia PD

March 30, 2006

Sergeant Galdi, you are not forgotten

March 31, 2005

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