Police Officer John R. Melendez

Police Officer John R. Melendez

Bal Harbour Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, October 17, 1985

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John R. Melendez

Police Officer John Melendez was killed in an automobile accident while responding to backup another officer on a traffic stop.

As he drove down a downgrade on a bridge on Haulover Beach, the vehicle went out of control and flipped several times. Officer Melendez's seatbelt malfunctioned and the buckle broke, causing him to be ejected from the vehicle.

Officer Melendez had served with the agency for nine months and is survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Although you and I never met, I was fortunate to have met your family early in my career. The stories of your life and dreams were a beacon of direction for me in my early years and for that I am eternally grateful. To you, as well as, to your entire family.
Until we meet on the other side......... May you rest in peace.

Retired Commander S.D. Croye
North Miami Police Department

April 6, 2020

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