Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Melissa M. Foster

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, December 4, 2004

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Reflections for Police Officer Melissa M. Foster

You will never be forgotten by the ones who love and knew you.The memories they have of you will be forever cherished in their minds and hearts and will continue on in future generations.


October 20, 2008

Hey Mel,

Sorry its been a while since ive said hi but thing have been pretty busy, Elanie is doing good in school she likes her new teacher and the kids in her class. She has missed a day or two because she wasnt feeling good, she misses you more and more all the time and so do I.

Poor Lisa get to help me when I get the hard girly questions, some times if it wasnt for her help I dont think I would know what to say. I realy wish you could be here and watch her grow with me in person, her b-day is comming soon and I think I have a good hold of what im doing (ok maybe not) but I have learend to ask for help.

I have to go now

Love You and Miss you SO much


Robert Thornton

September 27, 2008

Hi Mel,
Was thinking of you today and wanted to stop in and say I miss you and Love you. You will never be forgotten. Give Tina a hug for me and let her know she is not forgotten and she is missed greatly.
Love your cuz


July 28, 2008


14 precinct
columbus police dept

July 18, 2008

hello melissa,

happy belated birthday:)

your smart and wonderful daughter completed the first grade and will continue on to second grade in the fall!! where does time go? it seemed as though time stood still in 2004 and our lives would never go on; yet here we are watching your kids grow up!!!

kings island was loads of fun this year. owen is absolutely adorable.

gosh i miss you. sometimes i pick up my phone and try to call you.

well, thanks again for everything. xoxoxoxoxo lmp

June 10, 2008

Hi Rob, it was nice to meet you at Police Week and I really enjoyed talking to you on the patio while you drank your fruity drink! I'm so sorry I didn't get to meet Lanie, maybe next year. I'm glad I found this and got to read a little about Mel, but more, so glad that I got to learn about her from you. Your love and Lanie's love is so strong I'm sure she feels it every day. Take good care of yourself and your baby...

Officer Julia Gilroy
MCPD, Maryland

May 28, 2008

Sorry im late we were driving back from DC, we miss you a lot.

Robert Thornton
SO of Melissa M. Foster

May 19, 2008

Rob, it was nice to meet you during National Police Week. Thanks for putting up with all my questions while we were waiting in line...please contact me if you ever need anything. Tell Lanie to give you a hug from me...

Melissa, thank you for your service. I am sorry I never knew you...

United States Border Patrol

May 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Melissa!!!!!!!!!
You are always remembered.
love and miss you very much.

aunt norm

May 17, 2008

I went out and taught a class for the new recruits and they had some of the news articles and photos from the funeral sitting on a table in the classroom. Made me start thinking of that night in December, and I just wanted to stop by and leave you a post.

Jim Eggeman
Columbus Police Department

May 9, 2008

Thinking of you, sure do miss you and our long talks and all the good times we shared. Let Dad, Tina, & Grandma know I miss them a lot and I love you all. Keep watch over us. Love you

April 27, 2008

Hey Mel,
I know I haven't been on here in a while we are setteled in from the move and planing orDC trip. Lanie likes her new school and the teachers love her, she is doing realy well in school and misses you a lot. So do I, I wish you were here with us to watch our daughter grow up. She is so much like you .
Got to go
Love you and miss you

Robert Thornton

March 14, 2008

melissa, i apologize for not writing to say hello sooner. i miss you bunches. i am exstatic that lanie lives within 15min from me. i will hopefully get to see her much more frequently. i love her so much and want to make sure she knows things you would have taught her.

thank you for watching over us. xoxo. lisamarie

January 19, 2008

I miss you so so so so so so so so very very much I like the new house and the new school and the new neigborhood im taking good care of daddy

I love you.


Elaine Foster-Thornton
Daughter of Officer Foster

January 3, 2008


Boy this move just got a lot harder, as i go through diffrent boxes and find so many things i have not seen in a long time I think boy that was a fun day, or man that day sucked a lot more good one than bad. then i come to THE BOX the one that holds most of the stuff from December 2004 and i get so mad all over again.

I had to stop for now and take break im doing this late so lanie dont see me get upset but she can still tell whan she wakes up because im tired in the morning but I have to get this done some time. Mom is trying so hard to help and at the same time not get into to much. its kind of working

We got our first real snow today, lanie and I went out and played in it ( wish you were here to enjoy it with us) she made you a special snow angel i hope you liked it. Remember the first time I came over it had just snowed and we had a snow ball fight you won (well i let you win) and i ended up in dog poop on my knees and didnt have the nerve to kiss you. i wish now that i had.

we both love you and miss you so much

elaine and rob

January 3, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 31, 2007


As I sit here on this third christmas with out you i cant help but wonder hoe you think I am doing, we just moved into the new house and are doing pretty good i think. but that normaly gets me in trouble. I was out at the crash site on the 4th with everyone else and it is such a somber remaberance to be there. But with the help of all the officers their it seems to work.

Lanie has started her new school and is doing very well there. She told me she has a boyfriend HELP ME no I hope i an do right by you when that time realy comes. She likes her new teacher and is making new friends daily. She is on the honor roll with all A's and B's (that has to come from you)she is so much like you it is not funny she is just as stuburn and set in her ways as you and for that I am glad.

I have been thinking a lot about our life together and the three years since you left us and no matter what ever happens in my life i will never forget you and how no matter what I could allways pick up the phone call you and you where there for me, as I hope i was for you.

going to go for now

December 24, 2007

Didn't get a chance to say "hi" on here, but I know your checking out what's going on down here, the good and the bad. I'll never forget that night! Some things stay with you for a lifetime and that night will stay with me. Miss you lots, keep looking out for us on the job, we need all the help we can get, it keeps getting rougher and rougher. Your not forgotten!!!!


December 9, 2007


It's hard to believe that's it's been three years since you were taken from us. So many lives were changed forever that night. We met Monday night at the crash site to honor you. Rob seems to be doing well. I told him to tell Lanie Merry Christmas from all of us. Tell Bryan that we are missing him as well, and we will be honoring him in just a few weeks. You shall always be honored and never forgotten Melissa. JP

Ofc. Jim Parsons #717
Columbus Division of Police

December 8, 2007

We reflect on this date the ultimate sacrifice you made for the citizens of this city and the State of Ohio. We pay tribute to your life today on this 3 year Anniv. Of your death. God bless your family today and everyday!

Jim Gilbert
FOP President
Capital City Lodge #9

Jim Gilbert
Fraternal Order of Police,Capital City Lodge #9, Columbus, Ohio

December 4, 2007

Three years seem like just yesterday. Six years seems like just yesterday too. I too lost a dear friend in the line of duty six years ago. Just like anyone else, we never thought it would happen in our town, but it did. There are 4 special people that were brought to my attention thru this website and one of those was you. For some reason, the way you touched lives and just by the emotions people leave here and the impressions you left behind feels like you are part of my family and that I knew you. Even though you are all somewhere else, your family stay close to heart as I keep them in prayer and ask God to watch over them. Now I know I was brought here for a reason. It seems like you were a very special person and perhaps thats why I just wanted to encourage the family and friends of Melissa. I know it feels empty and it doesnt seem the same but you know, she is always by our side. Perhaps it is the love she left behind that makes her so special. She would want you all to keep going. So stay stong and believe.

New Mexico

December 4, 2007

My thoughts go out to all of your loved ones on this 3rd anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep all of them close to you and protect them from harm. I know not a day has gone by over the past 3 years that they have not thought of you. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

December 4, 2007

On this 3 year anniversary of your EOW, we are thinking of you and your family. By reading the reflections, they miss you and are trying to heal. Please watch over them this Holiday season. Thank you for the impact you have made on people, you are a true hero and will not be forgotten.

Craig Figgins
Brother - SGT Dan Figgins St Charles, IL EOW 4/9/05

December 4, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Officer for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 3, 2007

If Tears Could Build A Stairway,
and memories a lane,
I would walk right up to Heaven
and bring you back again.

No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say "Goodbye",
You were gone before we knew it,
and God knows why.

My heart still aches with sadness,
and secret tears still flow,
What it meant to love you-
No one can ever know,

But now I know you want us
to mourn for you no more;
To remember all the happy times,
life still has much in store.

Since you`ll never be forgotten,
I pledge to you today-
A hollowed place within my heart,
is where you`ll always stay.

love always

December 3, 2007

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