Police Officer Matthew J. Melchionda

Police Officer Matthew J. Melchionda

Watchung Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, March 8, 2006

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Matthew J. Melchionda

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.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 11

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Matthew:
March 31 would have been your 45th birthday. I can't help but wonder what you would look like; would you have the beginning of some gray in your hair; would you still have that same twinkle in your eye; what would life be like if you were still with us??? I am thankful for the nearly 32 years of joy and lament the 13 years of loss. We all love and miss you. xoxoxo

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

April 26, 2019

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