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Reflections for Police Officer Matthew J. Melchionda

Twelve years Matthew, I miss you more than ever.

XOXOXOXOXO
Mom

Jane Melchionda
Matt's mom

March 8, 2018

The month of March has come and as it does every year my thoughts go to Matt and his family. Thinking of him makes me smile as he had an infectious smile and wit. He is deeply missed and my heart goes to his loving mother and family. xo

Elizabeth

March 1, 2018

Yet another Christmas without my Matthew. The loss does not get easier but only worse as time passes. Thank you to all who leave reflections here, the latest from the DC Metro Police. I pray no other mother would ever have to endure the heartache of such a loss. Stay safe out there (including Matt's younger brother who is still on patrol protecting the citizens of Watchung). I know Matt would not want me to suffer but I will until we meet again.

Everlasting love to my Renaissance Man. xoxoxo

Matthew's mom
Jane Melchionda

December 29, 2017

I came across your page and wanted to leave a message. My heart breaks as I read your mothers reflections. I grew up in Somerset County and serve with DC. I remember hearing the news when it happened especially since Matthew is close in age to me. It has to be tough especially with another Christmas approaching. Mrs. Melchionda I hope you know that police officers across this country rally around you. We wish we can take away your pain and bring him back to you. I know my mother worries about me daily because she tells me, and if something were to happen I would not want to see her endure so much pain. I know Matthew must feel the same and is with you. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas. It was nice to see his badge on the Watchung cars when I came back to the area to visit. He will not be forgotten no matter how much time goes by.

Police Officer
DC Metropolitan Police

December 23, 2017

I MISS YOU MATTHEW. xoxoxoxo

MOM
MOM

August 6, 2017

The Ride for those who died is enroute to Washington, DC and the Law Enforcement Memorial. Your name is on bicycles and wrists as they peddle to remember. Son, you are not forgotten. We all remember your bright smile, irresistible laugh, intelligent humor and your kindness to those you served.

We miss you Matt, more than you could ever know.

Love beyond words,

MoM

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

May 10, 2017

This month of madness has now come to an end. Not that it matters what day or month or year it is. To me your loss is a neverending heartbreak.

43 years ago you brought such joy to my life on March 31st. To have you taken away in the same month is almost too much to bear.

I am proud to have been your mother for nearly 32 years. You were the best of the best.

Until we meet again my love, I will hold you in my heart and love you with all my heart.

Mom xoxoxo

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

April 1, 2017

Reading all of the reflections that this mother has written just breaks my heart. That car accident is as real to her today as it was the day it happened. God bless this mother and all the heartache she has been through.

Ms Sharon Smith
Private Citizen

March 8, 2017

Continue to rest in perpetual peace my brother. Watch over your loving family while you are in a better place, and know that your memory will always be alive.

Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)
N.Y.P.D.

March 8, 2017

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
MOM

April 1, 2016

My Dearest Matthew:

It just cannot be ten years. Each morning I try to figure out how to get through the day, and I do somehow, and then suddenly a year has passed and then another and now ten years later, it still feels like this terrible tragedy happened to our family just yesterday. I will never stop missing you and your smile. You were a wonderful son to me. Someone commented that I did good a good job raising such a wonderful young man. You made my job easy. I love you with all my heart and soul and will until we meet again.

Love,
Mom
xoxo

Matthew's mom
MOM

March 9, 2016

Remembering you today and I'm proud to be part of a department dedicated to keeping your legacy alive.

Patrolman Jason Moberly
Watchung

March 9, 2016

What the Heart Cannot Forget

Everything remembers something. The rock, its fiery bed,
cooling and fissuring into cracked pieces, the rub
of watery fingers along its edge.

The cloud remembers being elephant, camel, giraffe,
remembers being a veil over the face of the sun,
gathering itself together for the fall.

The turtle remembers the sea, sliding over and under
its belly, remembers legs like wings, escaping down
the sand under the beaks of savage birds.

The tree remembers the story of each ring, the years
of drought, the floods, the way things came
walking slowly towards it long ago.

And the skin remembers its scars, and the bone aches
where it was broken. The feet remember the dance,
and the arms remember lifting up the child.

The heart remembers everything it loved and gave away,
everything it lost and found again, and everyone
it loved, the heart cannot forget.

Never ever forgotten my sweet son. xoxo

Jane Melchionda
Matt's Mom

November 26, 2015

Matthew, I missed you even more than usual on my birthday. You always sent the most wonderful cards. Always some special notes which I have saved over the years. You left us with so much but it is just never enough for me. Loving and missing you always, MoM

Jane Melchionda
Matt's Mom

October 1, 2015

The greatest loss is that of a child, for they can never be replaced. Prayers for your strength and know that he is with you in spirit.

Anonymous

July 28, 2015

Thinking of you today and about how much has changed since your passing. You are remembered for all the ways you made us feel special and continue to be an inspiration with the memories we have have of you.

Anonymous

July 28, 2015

Mrs. Melchionda, we don't know each other but I pray for you and your dear son Matthew. So terribly sorry for your loss. I can only imagine that it never gets easier. I believe that you will see him again someday. Please know that you and your son are thought of, with respect, gratitude and sorrow.

Ilona Allen
with gratitude to our officers and their families

May 21, 2015

Dear Matt:

Missing you on what would have been #41. I can't help but wonder what you would look like. Would your hair be getting gray, would you still have that great smile and hearty laugh, would your eyes still twinkle when you smiled......you will be forever young my son.

Bitter/sweet day my love xoxo

Jane Melchionda
Mother of Fallen Officer Matthew Melchionda - Watchung, NJ

March 31, 2015

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten Matt. I think of you often while on the road. May you rest in peace.

Sgt Al Sellinger
Scotch Plains Police Dept

March 9, 2015

To Matthew, your never going to be forgotten. Rest in peace sir. To Mathews family your forever in our hearts as we continue to remember fallen brothers and sisters on the thin blue line. Your lives have been forever changed.

Sergeant J. Mellott B0058
MCSO

March 8, 2015

It is difficult to believe nine years have passed by without hearing your voice or seeing your beautiful smile. I am missing you more than ever. Since I cannot hold you in my arms, I hold you in my heart my son.

Loving you always and always,

Mom

Jane Melchionda
Mother of Fallen Officer Matthew Melchionda - Watchung, NJ

March 8, 2015

A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand
PA C.O.P.S.

March 8, 2015

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What the Heart Cannot Forget

by Joyce Sutphen

Everything remembers something. The rock, its fiery bed,
cooling and fissuring into cracked pieces, the rub
of watery fingers along its edge.

The cloud remembers being elephant, camel, giraffe,
remembers being a veil over the face of the sun,
gathering itself together for the fall.

The turtle remembers the sea, sliding over and under
its belly, remembers legs like wings, escaping down
the sand under the beaks of savage birds.

The tree remembers the story of each ring, the years
of drought, the floods, the way things came
walking slowly towards it long ago.

And the skin remembers its scars, and the bone aches
where it was broken. The feet remember the dance,
and the arms remember lifting up the child.

The heart remembers everything it loved and gave away,
everything it lost and found again, and everyone
it loved, the heart cannot forget.
NEVER FORGOTTEN AND ALWAYS IN MY HEART. XO

Jane Melchionda
Mother of Fallen Officer Matthew Melchionda - Watchung, NJ

January 11, 2015

Always the same wishing you were here.

Thinking of you with love,

Mom xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Jane Melchionda
Mother of Fallen Officer Matthew Melchionda - Watchung, NJ

December 27, 2014

Matt: You are not forgotten. You are never far from our thoughts every minute of every day. We spoke your name many times on Thanksgiving, remembering times gone by. Always wishing you were here with us.....you are with us in spirit. I suppose that we have to settle for that small fraction of consolation. I hold you in my heart forever. Missing you my beautiful son.
Love you always, Mom xoxo

Jane Melchionda
Mother of Fallen Officer Matthew Melchionda - Watchung, NJ

December 1, 2014

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