Officer Wallace A. Melson

Officer Wallace A. Melson

Ocean View Police Department, Delaware

End of Watch Saturday, August 21, 1971

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Wallace A. Melson

Officer Wallace Melson suffered a fatal heart attack during a vehicle pursuit. He had chased the suspect into the neighboring town of Millville and was able to get the car stopped. When he stepped out of his patrol car and made contact with the suspect, he collapsed. The suspect then fled the scene and was never identified or apprehended.

There were several firemen who witnessed Officer Melson's heart attack. They started CPR but Officer Melson had died almost immediately.

Officer Melson, a WWII veteran who served in the Army Air Corps, had served with the Ocean View Police Department for 4 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and son.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 2
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Officer Melson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Oceanside. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 21, 2021

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