Major Jay Russell Memmelaar, Jr.

Major Jay Russell Memmelaar, Jr.

Goldsboro Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, February 16, 2017

Jay Russell Memmelaar, Jr.

Major Jay Memmelaar suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in his department's physical fitness program at approximately 7:00 pm.

He was working out in the department's gym when he began to experience discomfort in his chest. He returned to his office where he collapsed a short time later. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away.

Major Memmelaar had served with the Goldsboro Police Department for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge 4502

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack


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Dear Memmelaar family, friends and fellow officers,
I rode my bike 75 miles yesterday with Major Memmelaar's information on my wrist as part of the annual Texas Heroes Ride in Conroe, Texas. Every one of the other +100 riders did the same with another fallen officer's name. My faith is that we are all connected in the mystical body of Christ's church. I have further connection with Major Memmelaar in that I suffered a heart attack 2 years ago while on a bike ride and my Son-in-law is a LEO with the Temple Texas Police Department. HIs father was also on this ride with me.

Please know I am praying for Major Memmelaar's deliverance into heaven, for peace and comfort for his family and safety to all first responders. God Bless,

Ryan Colburn
Texas Wheels of Justice (a 501c3 not-for-profit)

October 14, 2018

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