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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


Well christmas is almost over now and I think this year has been a lot harder than last year, I think i was still numb to the fact that you werent here and now it has been a hole year of holidays birthdays and just normal days and I know your not here. just want you to know I love You and realy do miss you I never thought that I could manke it through life with out you because even if we were mad at each other we all ways talked and now that is gone foreevere I know foreever is a long time but just the last year has seeemed like ten to me. Lanie is goning to go visit lisa on tuesday I know she will have fun Lisa is so Good to her.

Im going for now love you rob

December 25, 2005

well X-Mas is here, Lanie got a bunch of presents from Santa and had fun opening them and making a mess with the paper we are sitting here playing with the leap pad she is doing so good with her letters she is growing up so fast its not funny it is just not the same with out you here but things are getting better at times and are so hard at other times. but i guess that’s life, I am glad Jim got 3 last night watch over him and his family he is such a good guy and works so hard to keep your memory alive in the department.

December 25, 2005

Melissa, we just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and ask for your watchful eye over all of us this holiday season. Thank You.

Friends of Larry R Cox EOW 4/21/05

December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas... Got 3 drunks off the street last night, kinda hated to lock them up on Christmas Eve, but rather them go to jail than to take a family member away from a family on Christmas Eve......................Keep me safe watching over me from above...

Officer Jim Gilbert

December 24, 2005


Well it has been a year already and Christmas is around the corner. I get to work 14hrs Christmas eve and 12hrs on Christmas so I wanted to stop in now and say Merry Christmas. You are missed so much by your co workers. It is still strange to call your car number and hear someone else voice.

Please watch over everyone and keep us all safe

God Bless

Columbus Ohio PD

December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas :) Miss and Love you !!

December 22, 2005

Merry Christams Melissa
We love you and miss you lots... Keep watching over us..

December 20, 2005

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Daughter Of Officer Foster

December 16, 2005

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Elaine Foster-Thornton
daughter Of Officer Foster

December 12, 2005

Wanted to say hi and let you know what’s going on. Lanie got her picture with Santa the other day she was sooo cute she had on a pink shirt her favorite color. Coming into Columbus Saturday night i put the Jimmy in a ditch because of all the ice on the roads it caused almost $1500.00 damage so it is in the body shop being fixed, i was pretty mad at my self. X-Mas is coming up way to fast and I have a lot of stuff for Lanie but I cant get her what she keeps telling me she wants the most, she told me to ask Santa for her MOMMY back. I tried to explain to her that you couldn’t come back and she says i know I was only joking and we both know what that means. Someone asked me the other day what i missed the most about you I told them You, your company talking to you being able to give you a hug when something is wrong, the conversations we would have how it never failed every time I worked 3rd shift I always ended up working 10 or 12 hours and would be so frustrated and I would come home and you would just listen to me rant and rave about how stupid some people are. Then I stopped and said I just miss you, not Officer Melissa M. Foster, I missed my friend Mel. The person who would do anything to help most people the person who loved her children more than life, The person i loved and was my best friend in the world. I thought about the night you called me to pick you up after your accident on Parsons during FTO, about the times you would call me when you had a flat tire or just called because you had a few extra minutes to talk and see how the kids were. I remember the day we walked to the Whitehall library and there was and older gentleman at the counter as we were leavening he said he was expecting something and you said I should have told him so were we Lanie and we laughed all the way home. I don’t think I will ever get over losing you yes there where times when we wouldn’t speak to each other and times we couldn’t even be in the same room but i would give almost anything in the world right now just to hold you. I should have been there and I wasn’t I just wasn’t and I am so sorry. People say time heals everything well they are wrong I have such a void and longing for you that I don’t think it will ever go away. Lanie is going out tomorrow with Aunt Renee and grandma I haven’t been letting he outside much this week she has a cold so I think it will do her some good. She has a new Favorite TV station it PBS KIDS SPROUT and she can write her first name now we are still working on her last it a long one you know but im glade we did it that way.
Im going ot go for know got to try to get some sleep

December 10, 2005

It has been a year since you were taken away... we all miss you and Love you lots ... Keep watching over us from above....
Love you


December 5, 2005

it has been one year. it doesn't seem possible that a year has passed. i still miss you so much and wish with all my heart i could hug you just one more time. i think about you everyday wondering what heaven must be like for you.
we had memorial services on the 4th in your honor. both seemed to go well and helped your loved ones get through the day.
this is especially difficult around the holidays as it seems unfair to celebrate thanksgiving and christmas when we are feeling the loss of a loved one. we will celebrate though, because you would not have wanted us to be sad and feel sorry for ourselves.
i am continuing my promise to watch over your angel, Lanie. she is bright, beautiful and energetic.
we love and miss you very much. my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this holiday season.

love ya,

December 5, 2005

It was one year ago that I got that phone call telling me to turn on the new that you had been killed and tonight i sit in that same room wrighting you this. I went to the crash sit last night and to all the Officers that where ther I wish to thank you for being thier in such horriable weather though I dont think any thing would have stopped them from being there to Honor and rember you. It was very Beautifull and yet so sombering at the same time. as you well know i have went to a lot of police officer funireal but until now have never been part of the tragic after math that the loss of an officer has not only on his/her family but on the brother and sister officers. T J had a sign made up it is round has your badge on it and says E.O.W. 12/04/2004 I wish to thank him so much but im not quit sure how. The sound of about 15 cruisers sirens driving past your cruiser sitting side ways acrost the road blacked out was some thing I will never forget. We went to the lunch in today that lisa set up it was wonderfull Lanie insisted she wear her new red dress she looked so beautifull she is looking so much like you more and more everyday. Adam was thier I didnt give him much choice. Then we went to the citys memorial and Amy read Please Rember Me by Tim McGraw she also did it last night. I feel for her she is such a wonderfull women and everyone keeps puting he on the but some how she does it every time and is so good at it.I am ging to go for now cant see the key boared


December 5, 2005

I cannot believe that it has been a year! You are remembered everyday. Thank you for being such a wonderful officer, mom and person. We miss you.

December 4, 2005

Dear friend, It has been a day to reflect and remember. I am thankful that God and you put an idea in my head on how to honor you one year after your death. Your love of job and children and friends and family are to be respected and admired forever. I love you and I will check later this week on everyone, to make sure they got through the day. It is painful but I now try to remember the wonderful parts of your life and our friendship. Thank you for being you. Denise

December 4, 2005

It has been a year that you have been taken away from us... No its not getting easier.. Keep watching over us from above.... miss you and Love you lots...

December 4, 2005

It was one year today... I will never forget. I will continue to pray for your children and for your partners and family.

Thank you for your service and dedication.

Please watch over the rest of us until we can have the Great Roll Call with our Lord..


December 4, 2005

It was a year today ,we lost you.Your family has lost so much.
I still cant believe this happened.
I pray for you families healing.
Watch over us please.We love and miss you very much.

December 4, 2005

Merry Christmas From Heaven

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue to climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year


December 4, 2005

One year ago you were taken from us, just wanted you to know that you are not forgotten, and you are missed deeply. Still hard to believe you are gone, doesnt seem to get any easier... Keep watching over us. Love you

December 4, 2005

It was One year ago you were taken from us by a drunk driver who had/has no respect for life... We will honor you at the crash site and honor you at a luncheon later in the day.. I will always honor you as long as I can on 3rd shift seeking out and arresting impaired drivers! I only wish other officers would understand the importance of it and start doing the same.... Look over us and keep us safe!!!

Officer Jim Gilbert
Columbus Division of Police

December 3, 2005

It will be one year that you were called away. I know for your family it seems like so long ago since they last were able to hold and talk to you. The tears still flow and will for a long long time. I wish there were some magical words I could say that would help them with their grief, but there are none. I have the outside of my home completely decorated with blue lights, one of those lights has been lit in your honor since before Thanksgiving and will be lit every night until New Years as my family's way of saying that you have not been forgotten nor will you ever be forgotten.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon

December 2, 2005

Happy Holidays Melissa.. you are missed by all!


December 1, 2005

Sorry I haven’t wrote to you in a while we spent Thanksgiving day at your parents house it was really nice to see everyone. Lanie Played with everyone and had a good time unfortunately we had to leave early because she was having a hard time dealing with it. But it was really good day. She is getting so big and smarter every day. I talked to John a few weeks ago, he went to mod watch sergeant. I know that would have made you happy. Im having a hard time trying not to think about Sunday the day you will have been gone for one year. It seem like the closer it gets the more of a basket case I become, I have been trying to keep my mind preoccupied with anything I can but its not that easy because I miss you so much. I was thinking about last thanksgiving we went getting a long to well that night and im just so sorry for being such a butt head. I got a reply from Chief Jackson of course he said it was imposable to start a DUI unit no surprise there. I put in a few applications at some P.D.s close to here and a couple are pretty promising I just hope Lanie can handle me going back to work, she told me she wants me to get a job cleaning houses.
Well im going to go for now


November 30, 2005

An officer was hit last night by a pickup truck on Lehman right off of Gender. So close to where you were taken from us. We heard all the sirens, etc.. Thank you for watching over him. It sounds like he will be ok.
Thinking about your sweet children and family as we approach the 1 year mark of your death.
Prayers to all, Please keep watching over us.

November 30, 2005

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