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Police Officer Matthew J. Melchionda | Watchung Police Department, New Jersey Watchung Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer

Matthew J. Melchionda

Watchung Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 11

Cause: Automobile accident

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Officer Matthew Melchionda was killed in an automobile accident while responding to assist undercover detectives conduct a traffic stop. The detectives, who were assigned to the Auto Larceny Unit, were preparing to stop a suspicious vehicle and requested a marked patrol car.

Officer Melchionda activated his emergency equipment and began to respond to the location. While he was traveling on Norwood Avenue he passed one vehicle that failed to completely yield to him. After passing the vehicle he came upon a second vehicle that was traveling slowly down the road. As he attempted to pass that vehicle it began to make a left turn.

The vehicle struck Officer Melchionda's patrol car just behind the right front wheel, causing the patrol car to spin around and strike a tree on the driver's side door. Officer Melchionda was killed instantly.

No charges were filed against the two drivers who failed to yield as Officer Melchionda passed them.

Officer Melchionda had served with the Watchung Police Department for 6 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and brother. His brother also serves on the Watchung Police Department.

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March 31, 2016

31 birthdays with you was not enough

10 birthdays without you is too many.

I am eternally grateful to you for making me a mother for the first time and making my job so easy and rewarding.

I miss you my beautiful son,

Loving you always ~ Mom

Matthew's mom
April 1, 2016


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