Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Melvin Wilmoth

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, February 23, 1971

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Reflections for Detective Melvin Wilmoth

You are a true hero sir. Thank you for your courage and dedication. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace

Fellow citizen

February 23, 2024

His badge number was 1545. He was my brother and deeply missed.

Terry McKay (Deputy Sheriff)
Grand Traverse Co Sheriff Department

March 4, 2023

Rest in peace Detective Wilmoth.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 19, 2022

Det. Wilmoth,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 23, 2021

Rest easy

None Nick Mottola

August 8, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 28, 2020

Mel was married to my cousin, JoAnn, and we all loved him very much! His beautiful sons were just babies when Mel died, and JoAnn was never the same. He was a great man, loving husband and father, he had a smile that would light up the room! I miss him to this day and say a prayer for his soul every night since 1971. What a great police officer this city lost that fateful night. Mel was the kind of police officer that gave his heart and soul to the city he watched over. I always make a point to keep his memory alive by telling St. Louisians about Mel - God Bless & RIP!

Robin Sorrentino
Sorrentino/Napoli Family

February 5, 2016

Do not forget before 40 years deceased, however!
R.I.P Sir.

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP Service, Traffic Unit

February 23, 2011

Detective Wilmoth,
I was a junior at DuBourg High School in South St. Louis when you were killed. Your tragic death had a lasting effect on me and I haven't forgotten you or your heroism and dedication after all of these years. I too became a police officer and retired after 31 years of service. Please be advised that I always stop and say a prayer for you and your family when I visit my dad's grave at Sts. Peter & Paul cemetery. Rest in peace sir!

Retired P.O.

November 20, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of Larry Lasater eow 4/24/05

February 23, 2009


Van Den Berghe

February 14, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 11, 2007

Brother rest in peace your in a better place now

P.O. Suroviak
Downers Grove IL

September 10, 2004

Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest In Peace and God Bless.

Police Officer
Chicago Police

August 8, 2004

Each day I read the ODMP. Today I read the story of your death. Every officer who gave his/her life for us need never be forgotton. Rest in peace, sir.


Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

March 22, 2004

Rest in Peace are not forgotten


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