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Patrolman Melvin LeRoy Wilcox

Erie Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, May 4, 1979

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Reflections for Patrolman Melvin LeRoy Wilcox

A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand
PA C.O.P.S.

May 4, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 10, 2013

I was 10-years-old when you got killed. For the past years I always loved when you came to our corner at 12th and German, parked your motorcycle outside our house and watched for traffic violators. You often got off your bike and played frisbee and baseball with my 9 brothers and sisters and I. You let us sit on your bike and play with your bike’s sirens and lights. When you died, a part of all of family did too. I loved you like a father and will always miss you. It was you and always will be you who inspired me to want to be a police officer and have love and respect for the men and women and blue.

With peace and love always to you and your family and friends you left behind, I am always forever missing you to this date, “Officer Melvin Wilcox” you are forever my hero.

Jeff Woodard

Professor of Criminal Justice
College

June 13, 2011

YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

May 5, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 15, 2008

I was just a young man when this happened but I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember the times you came to the house with my Dad for dinner. I think about you alot Melvin. You are truely missed but never forgotten. I know you are on the Eagles wings watching over us. May you always be remebered. God Bless.

SGT. DAN DANOWSKI
ERIE COUNTY PRISON

February 7, 2007

Patrolman Wilcox,
On today, the 26th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Erie.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

May 5, 2005

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