Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer James Melvin Feltis, III

United States Department of Defense - Pentagon Force Protection Agency, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, February 14, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer James Melvin Feltis, III

James, Mary and Mary Elizabeth,

I am leaving this note to let you know that James, you are not forgotten. We often think of how things could have been different. I will ride once again in the Police Unity Tour and feel it is my honor to honor you.

Mary and Mary Elizabeth, my thoughts and prayers are with you always. May God Bless you both.

Sgt. Terri Mucci
Alexandria Police Department

March 11, 2009

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 20, 2009

This past Saturday 2/14/09 marks James's 4th Anniversary of his End of Watch. The more time passes the greater the loss is felt by me and our daughter. Thanks to our wonderful friends, family and the Officers of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency we know that both of us are not alone. James would be very proud of his department. They honored Mary Elizabeth and me this past Saturday upon our visit to their roll call room which is dedicated to James. We are truly blessed with love, caring and understanding. Thank you everyone for your support and caring.

Mary Feltis
Wife

February 17, 2009

Just a note to my friend, I still oue you that cup of coffee. One day we will be able to share it. I will carry the last words we had that day. I hope Mary and your daughter are happy.

Take care.

Cecil Richardson
Co-worker

November 27, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 18, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 18, 2008

Mary, while on travel someone spoke of your tragedy. You are truly an extrodinary person. Always a smile and kind words. I am so very sorry for this tragedy. It sounds like he was quite a wonderful person. I do know from spending time with you and hearing you speak of your daughter that God is truly with you both. I do look forward to our paths crossing again. May God Bless you and your families always.
Love to you both, Dora Bounds

Dora Bounds
Mantech Int'l

February 21, 2008

You are remembered today and always for your service to your country, community and fellow man. NEVER FORGOTTEN.

Jennifer Mayo, sister of
Deputy Hilery Mayo Jr. STPSO Covington, La.

February 14, 2008

On the third anniversary of your death, James there is not a day that goes by without me thinking of you and wishing with all my heart that you were still with us.

Love Forever, Mary

Mary Feltis
Wife

February 14, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, Va

February 14, 2008

On this 3 year anniversary of your EOW, we are thinking of you, your family and friends. Please continue to watch over your wife and daughter as they continue to heal and remember you.

Thank you for your service, you are a True Hero and will not be forgotten!

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

February 14, 2008

Today was the day James ended his tour of duty in 2005, it does not seem like my friend has been gone that long. Mary I wanted you and your daughter to know that many of us think of James often and miss him very much. If I can assist you in any way please let me know.

J.R. McAlexander
Pentagon Force Protection Agency

February 14, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE, YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE.

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

January 15, 2008

Merry Christmas Sir.

Heather
Ross County Sheriff Department

December 24, 2007

I just recently heard of Jim's death when I was told of our 25th high school reunion plans and that he had been tragically killed. We called him Tex. He was sweet and funny and kind. I live in DC and never saw this news story .My heart and my prayers go out to his wife Mary and their children whom I have never met.

Peace
Janice Thomas

Janice Thomas
high school classmate

June 25, 2007

Thank you Rita (Kelly) Smith for your kind words to Mary Elizabeth and I. James (Jim) loved going to high school at Bishop Flaget it was a pleasure to meet so many of his classmates at your 20th reunion. I learned many surprising stories about him at that reunion which now I can pass on to Mary Elizabeth such as the fact that he wrote poetry. We received numerous get well cards and then letters of support at his passing from your high school classmates and from many people in the town of Chillicothe, Ohio. The loss of him in our lives is immense. Thank you again for taking the time to remember Jim.

Mary Feltis
Wife

June 18, 2007

Mary,

I just heard the news about Jim. I am truly saddened by this news. I am sorry that I did not make our 20th high school reunion to meet Jim again.

My prayers are with you and your daughter.

Rita (Kelly) Smith

Rita Smith-
High School Class Mate

June 14, 2007

Today would have been our 21st wedding anniversary. James and I were married on Armed Forces Day May 17, 1986. Does not seem so long ago but in reality it was quite a span of time in which we did a lot together. I am headed down highway 101 on business travel and will stop in Carlsbad, California to see the Pacific Ocean have a cup of coffee with a donut and think of James wishing as I do daily that he was still here with me and Mary Elizabeth.

Mary Feltis
Wife

May 17, 2007

Happy 44th Birtday! I know you are having a big celebration in heaven.

Mary Feltis
Wife

May 3, 2007

The worst medevacs are the ones involving one of your own.
Regardless of how hardened you become in this business, having the blood of a fallen officer on your hands is never forgotten.

My regret was how this ended. I will never understand the waste of such an honorable man.

March 28, 2007

Your end of watch may have been two years ago, but we will never forget you and the ultimate sacrifice you made. May God bless you and watch over your family and all members of law enforcement. Rest in Peace James!

Assistant Chief (retired) Bill Healy
United States Secret Service Uniformed Division

March 4, 2007

On this second anniversary of your EOW know that you and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers. Your sacrifice has not been forgotten and you will always be remmebered as a hero.

Linda Lamm -LEO wife and sister of
Jay Balchunas EOW 11.05.04

February 14, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 2nd anniversary of your EOW. You have not been forgotten nor will that ever be the case as you are a true hero. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones. You will never be forgotten.

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

February 14, 2007

Officer Feltis, today marks the 2nd anniversary of your murder. You died as a result of the insane act of someone who was not fit to shine your shoes. I’ve read many of the reflections left over the past two years by those who know and love you and I find every word sad, yet up lifting. You were obviously a very special man. Thank you for your service to this great nation.

Mrs. Feltis, though he may have left you physically, I can tell from your words that he has never truly left you and will be with you always. He will be your daughter’s Guardian Angel forever and always.

Officer Feltis (James, if I may), God Bless you and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

James Leahy

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

February 14, 2007

G-d Bless.

February 14, 2007

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