Niagara Gazette


October 26, 2013

COPS NOTEBOOK: Apologies to Barry Manilow


Meeting at a corner store at Main Street and Niagara Avenue, Rico once again sold a rock of crack to the detective. But this time there was a twist.

As Rico walked out of the store, two other Falls narcotics detectives were waiting for him. Spotting the detectives, Rico took off running, south on Main Street to Cleveland Avenue.

Rico sped away so fast, he lost his felony flyer sneakers and began to head down American Legion Way in his socks. Realizing his run into the alley was the end of the line, Rico then surrendered to the detectives.

Maybe selling crack to anyone who knocks on your door is the way they deal drugs in Lombard. Here in the Falls, not such a good idea.

Big shoes to fill

Falls Police Narcotics Det. John Galie was always a gentle giant.

I say, “was,” because John is a narcotics detective no more. 

He quietly retired a few weeks ago, and with his departure came the end of an almost four decade run of Galies on the Falls Police force. John’s grandfather, his dad and his brother, Jim, all had long and decorated careers with the NFPD.

So did John, and I would have written about all of that if he had let me know he was hanging up his badge. But he didn’t.

In fact, I’m told John asked others in the department not to make a big deal out of his retirement, keep it low key.

That’s no surprise. It was John’s style. He always let his actions do the talking. He was as talented a cop as there is and he’ll be missed on the streets.

I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to say good-bye and wish him well. So I’ll do it here.

All the best John Galie.

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