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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

Been almost 3 years since we lost you and Tina, is still very hard to believe. I think of you both often and love you both so much. Give a Big Hug to Grandma and my Dad. Please watch over us this holiday season. Love you all so much.

November 7, 2007

I was thinking about you, and i realized I never got the opportunity to thank you for all the great Parenting magazines and the car seat. Thank you! I am sure little Lanie will share in her Mother's giving nature. Rest well Hero!

Rebekah Wright

September 21, 2007

I was awake at 2:20 this morning. I was thinking of when the officers told me you didn't make it after the crash, I was remembering Lanie's first birthday party at Carol's, I was thinking of you in uniform when we visited Irene at the hospital. Good memories, sad memories but I suppose there was a reason for them all. I miss you so much right now for my own selfish reasons. I wish that I could pick up the phone and you could tell me to come on over and we can talk. Watch over all of the family, like you did when you were alive. I even had a memory of us talking about Julie and how much you wanted her to move to Columbus and live with you. Bless your mother and father, your children and all your many friends. Denise

Denise Newman Stuckert

September 11, 2007


Good morning, I know its been a while but i wanted to come on and say hi. We are at a C.O.P.S. retreat and we miss you a lot. I have meet some realy wonderfull women here and they have helped me a lot, as I sit here at 3 a.m. again I cant help but think about you and wondering is tonight the one you come home. I know this is not any where near anything that can happen but.......

Lanie starts school very soon and we should be school shopping right now. I went out with some of the other people here and had a realy good time. It felt good to be around people who if I happend to tear up over a song ( I did over Bryan Adames) I wouldnt be judged or looked at funny. Amanda and Mandy just told me it was ok. I think it was your way of saying it also.

I have so much to say and cant find the words again, this was allways so easy to do with you. No matter what just know me and Lanie love you and miss you very much.

Hope to talk to you sooner next time.
love you

robert thornton

August 19, 2007

Hi, Melissa:

I had the opportunity to meet your fiance last week as part of the COPS kids program. Your daughter is really sweet and smart and I can tell she misses you so much. I gave her a hug and I hope I made her feel just a little better. I think Rob is doing well, I got his number and will be checking on him. he misses you deeply and we were talking about you and just how well you two had it together. I am glad for you that you had whatever little time with him. And like I asked my husband to do for me, I ask you this: Just wait for him in heaven. His time on this earth will not compare to the eternity of happiness you both will share. I know you continue to watch over them, I think we all felt our heroes this past week at camp. I don't know how to end this. Thank you for your service. Rob, it was wonderful to meet you, and you know, it will be ok.
Celia Webb.
Widow of SPA David Webb, EOW 11/03/2006

Celia Webb

August 6, 2007

Rest In Peace

We continue the fight for you sister and you are not forgotten by your department we honor you daily by wearing the uniform proudly and remembering the fallen brothers and sisters that came before us

detective scott alexander
columbus division of police

July 24, 2007

On behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police, Capital City lodge #9 in Columbus, Ohio we are very sorry for the loss of your life while serving your community and our country! God bless your family!

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

July 9, 2007


Hey whats up not much here. We are on vacation and lanies is swimming on her own!! Jessica glade to see you guys are still around tell your mom and everyone else hi for me and lanie. She misses you guys a lot. I heard that Hedi was the one involved in the head on with the drunk, I know you were watching over her and THANK GOD she is ok. well going to go for now,


Robert Thornton

June 10, 2007

Melissa Foster was my mothers best friend. Through no fault of her own she was killed. A drunk driver hit her while she was only doing her job of protecting others.n I know for a fact that Melissa will be remembered for all she has done for others, her children, and the community. Melissa didn't deserve to die, and justice is not being served. Thirteen years is not long enough for someone who puposely got drunk and then drove. He should be in jail for life. His life should be taken away just like Melissa's was!!!!!

Jessica Brewer
Daughter of best friend

June 5, 2007

Hey Mel,

Been a while, we have been very busy. Lanie is getting ready to fininsh kindergarden and she had a pretty good year. She realy likes school but she hates to wake up in the morning, sound like anybudy you know? We had a realy good time in D.C. this year she went to the c.o.p.s. Kids and teen where she had a wonderfull time.

I ran into Bill from the Marshels Office by the way thanks Bill you made it a lot easyer to be there. We had your birthday at the wall on the 17th. I hope you liked the cake.
Well going to go for now.
love yo uand miss you

Robert Thornton

May 30, 2007

give Grandma hugs and Kisses for everyone.. We all miss you and love you

May 22, 2007

Happy Birthday Melissa

We all Love you and miss you.... Wish you were still here with us....

Love you Julie

Julie fenner
Melissa Baby Sister

May 16, 2007

Happy Birthday ,Melissa, Sure miss you alot.
Give grandma a big hug,,, miss all of you so much.
Love you

May 16, 2007

Melissa, been thinking about Owen a lot. I feel an empty space with him so far away. His birthday in coming up in a couple of weeks and been replaying in my mind being at the hospital with you and Tom. I have been very blue lately, can't quite seem to shake it. I saw on the news where officers had set up another check point and got several drunk drivers. Thank God for the officers that get them off the road. Miss you so much, Denise

Denise Newman Stuckert

April 14, 2007

I love you and miss you alot.. Wish you were Here.. I think of you everyday..

February 15, 2007

Today a little blonde haired girl walked into my store with a story that ripped my heart out, the little girl is 6, she asked me to call her Lainey. She told me about you. Melissa you'd be so proud of your daughter, she's a real little lady.
I know your watching over her, and she told me She misses you.
God Speed

Laurie Knowlton
Crafty Grannies

February 12, 2007

Melissa, please watch over your fellow officers during this bitterly cold weather. We depend on their help and service and their task is not easy. I pray for your family and friends continually and miss you as much today as the first day I was on earth without you. Love you lots, Denise

Denise Newman Stuckert

February 5, 2007

Wow, Melissa, it has been a hard few months. I see where the New Lexington area has lots of snow and ice, wonder how Lanie is coping with "cabin fever". I have had a lot of dreams about her and Owen recently, not bad dreams, but makes me aware how they need to know how much I love them. I see each officer with new eyes of respect and that is because I knew you. God watch over those guardians of the law and help us remember to be good citizens in our journey.

Denise Newman Stuckert

January 24, 2007

melissa, it is brian's 2yr anniversary in a couple of days. this time of year is really rough. i thought about your family during the holidays as i know it must have been very difficult for them. i didnt get to see lanie b/c i have one of those flu bugs that is going around. i hope when i feel better to be able to spend some time with her.

we miss you so much. i hope you and brian and the others are at peace and enjoying watching over us. i am so thankful to have known you.


January 3, 2007

Happy New Year Melissa!


January 1, 2007

Merry Christmas Melissa
Love you and Miss you

December 26, 2006

Those we love don`t go away,
They walk besides us each and every day,
Unseen,unheard,but always near,
Still loved,still missed and very dear.

love you.

December 11, 2006

I miss you so much. Cant believe it has been 2 years.. Watch over all of all of us this holiday season and always.. your always in my heart..
we all love you and miss you
Love Julie

Julie Fenner
Melissa's sister

December 6, 2006

Remembering you and your family as the second anniversary of your untimely death passes. You are not forgotten.

Mary Kay Balchunas
Mother of Jay Balchunas, EOW 11/5/04

December 5, 2006

Cant believe its been 2 years since you left us. I went to the crash site last night and was very surprised as I pulled up to find about 15 cruisers their. As I walked up I recognized a lot of the faces and some I didn’t but everyone of them was out there in the 25 degree weather for one reason, to honor your memory. Lanie and I took Monday to be together with you in our own way. She has asked some really hard questions in the last week, ones I don’t think any six year old should have ask. It was not easy on me but I answered every question she asked truthfully and to the best of my ability. She is growing more and more aware of what has happened to you and wants to know why it had to be her mommy. She misses you so much. Sometimes I look at her and can tell she is thinking of you but she wont admit it (we are working on that in counseling).

Just watch over every one at C.P.D. and 9/14 Precinct they are a good bunch of people.


Robert Thornton

December 5, 2006

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