Deputy Sheriff Jon Michael Melvin

Deputy Sheriff Jon Michael Melvin

Grant County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Friday, December 11, 2020

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Jon Michael Melvin

Deputy Sheriff Jon Melvin died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a presumed exposure while on duty.

Deputy Melvin had served with the Grant County Sheriff's Office for 35 years. He is survived by his son, father, and sister.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 35 years
  • Badge GT-33

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Saturday, December 5, 2020

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Well geez Jon, what can a man say except thank you for your true dedication. I just found out you had made the ultimate sacrifice (yes, been out of the loop since retirement) and wished to leave my thoughts here. Jon, I believe we all saw you as the type of guy that you just want to step back, get away and let go. Probably because not one of us had the true dedication you had. I for one had always respected that, you were a different cat, but I couldn't be like you, that is for sure not even in a 1000 years. But one thing was always certain and that is your heart of which I envy eventhough we all tried. That heart was true, and very real, I'm sure as we all have also tried. What others saw is exactly what you got from you, nothing is wrong with that. Guess that is what I respected and most likely all of us have. You were a true man, and I'm very confident that is exactly what those you served also saw, something we all struggle with. What more could anyone calling for assistance want than a true, real and genuine man as we all desire, someone like you. Not to mention your dedication to rural America as far as that goes (I cant help but recognize your work in the rural radio communications, I must admit most of us had no idea what you were talking about. It only makes it right that your name is on that wall with all those other heroes, your were selfless. Thank you Jon for being true and real and making us envy. You have truly earned your place on that wall and your mark here in Grant County will never go away as I'm sure you will be added to our memorial. God bless your soul Jon, until we meet again, thank you Melly Mel.

Sergeant (Retired)
Grant County Sheriff's

May 16, 2021

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