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Ricardo 'Ricky' Galvez

Ricky Galvez


Today was a day I hoped would never come. A senseless act took the life of a young man, co-worker and friend, Ricky Galvez. A decorated Marine veteran and great cop taken way too soon. It's still so hard to believe what has happened.

I personally wanted to thank friends, family, all of the other police agencies and the great citizens from the City of Downey, who all came together and became ONE community yesterday. Your outpouring of support was amazing and was very much appreciated.

Through this tragedy comes a huge sign of togetherness and we will ALL get through this as ONE. It's truly good to know we have such great friends, family and support through these trying times. With all the negativity in the world, it's good to know how many truly great people there are out there.

Speaking on behalf of all of us from the Downey Police Officer's Association, I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your graciousness and support.

RIP brotha, you will be missed. Godspeed Ricky......

- Corporal Mike Pope
Downey Police Officer's Association

Downey Police Officer Wayne Richard Presley

January 18, 1944 - April 10, 1981

Richard Presley

Officer Wayne Richard Presley was born and raised in Anutt, Missouri. He always wanted to be a police officer.

In July of 1961, he joined the U.S. Navy and remained active until 1972 when he was honorably discharged. Officer Presley was then hired by LAPD, and graduated in the top 25% of his academy class. He had an outstanding work record with L.A.P.D. but wanted to work for a smaller department. Officer Presley applied at Downey and was hired in June of 1973. He was married and had three children. He was well liked by his peers and his supervisors and was an outstanding police officer.

"On the evening of April 10, 1981, Officer Wayne Presley, age 37, and his partner, Officer Steve Guthrie, were assisting a stalled motorist at a major intersection in the City of Downey. It was dark, not too late, and visibility was good. They were protecting traffic from a stalled semi tractor. They had taken care of the problem and, parked to the rear of the tractor, had just gotten on their motorcycles with emergency flashers operating. A drunk driver, traveling above the speed limit, struck both officers and slammed officer Presley and his bike into the back of the tractor. Officer Guthrie and his motor were hurled into the curb. Officer Guthrie was injured severely but miraculously survived. Officer Presley was killed instantly.

"We (police officers) anticipate taking on robbery suspects, burglars, and druggies, but that drunk driver, weaving in and out of the lane, trying to make it home, killed a good cop."

Detective Ed Compton - Downey PD (retired)

We Miss You Wayne..."