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

Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

I take comfort in this bible verse Officer Feltis, for I know you are a child of the most high God, rest in peace, you deserve it

Jeff Coleman Chief Deputy (Ret.)
Fayette County Sheriffs' Office (Ky)

January 3, 2007

Merry Christmas Sir.

Ohio State Highway Patrol

December 24, 2006

Rest in peace sir. Thank you for your service.

Collins Fire Dept. (Mississippi)

December 21, 2006

Mary...just a note to let you know I was thinking of you...I hope you are hanging in there...this thing called life really threw us a curve didn't it? Time passes so quickly, and yet we struggle to move on...I pray that your daughter is coping well...The children seem so strong, and yet in an instant they can crumble...I know you are holding your head up high and smiling.. I saw that in you already in DC!! Hope to see you again this year in DC...much love and prayers, Chrissy Henley

November 11, 2006

Mrs Feltis, the Chillicothe Gazette printed an article to tell us the news. May your husband rest easy.

May God Bless you and your daughter.

Friend of Larry R Cox EOW 4/21/05
Chillicothe Ohio Police Department

September 23, 2006

I have not had the privilidge to meet you. My husband spent a lot of time at the hospital and doing other things to help you and your family through this very rough time. I shed a lot of tears for your family, and not knowing what I would do if something like this happened to me and my little girls. I just wanted you to know your are in our thought and prayers daily and we will never forget you.

Wife of a Pentagon Police Officer

May 13, 2006



May 12, 2006

Today is James 43rd Birthday 5/3/06 - I am sure there is a party for him in heaven. I am older then James by nine months and the running joke between us was that I, being the older woman was wiser and he should always listen too me except for the three months that we were the same age.

Mary Elizabeth and I miss James immensely! 21 years of your friendship and love was not enough.

Happy Birthday Love!

Mary Feltis
James Wife

May 3, 2006

We will be in Washington with honor and respect to hear your name read.

Linda Rittenhouse, Matt's Mom
Matthew Rittenhouse EOW 9/16/04

Linda Rittenhouse

May 2, 2006

To Officer James Feltis, his wife Mary and their beautiful daughter, and his loved ones:

On this the thirteenth month following your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.
I hope that our families' paths cross in D.C.

Officer Feltis, you rescued us, protected our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Officer James Feltis. Your valor and dedication humble me.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer Feltis gave to his community and his country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 14, 2005.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 16, 2006

I want to thank you for being my FTO. I did learn a lot of stuff from you. One of those things that I learned from you was how to be a better police officer. Thank you for answering every questions that I asked you while as an OIT and after the trainning. You are truly a hero and a role model. Rest in peace my dear friend and teacher.

Police Officer, Alex Trejo # 717
Pentagon Force Protection Agency

February 17, 2006

We have not forgotten you brother.

Sgt S Hillard
Pentagon Police Department

February 14, 2006

Today the 14th of February 2006 marks our first year since James’s death. I would love to have the ability to go back to the 10th of January 2005 to be able to stop the events of 11 January 2005. Since I can not make that happen our family has reluctantly moved on with our lives. We have made it through the all the first holidays, birthdays and anniversaries that have come since James’s passing. During this past year we have made it by through the support of family and friends. I would like to acknowledge the strength of all those who have stood by us, held our hands, and took phone calls at all hours. It is not easy an easy task to watch your friends suffer and grieve. On this first anniversary of James’s return to God – I am feeling very thankful for all the excellent decisions James made to care for his family if he died, those organizations that came to our aid especially HEROES, and for those brave friends that have not left our side. My faith in God tells me that to James it will seem like just yesterday since we have been apart but the ache in my heart will remain till I see his face again in heaven.

Mary Feltis

February 13, 2006


Although I never got to meet you, I felt like i knew you my whole life. I remember when the accident occurred. We in my department were constantly getting updates about you and how your family was through email. I know I was praying every chance I had for you. I also remember where I was when I heard the news you had passed. I was out and sitting having a good time with some good friends. I looked up and saw the tv with the terrible news. They didn't have to have your name up on tv, all I saw was "Pentagon Officer Dies." I immediately broke down into tears and had to go home. It was truely like losing a family member. I couldn't do anything for the next week. When we got the email requesting officers to go for your funeral, I knew it was my duty to go pay respect for someone who died doing their job. In our line of work there is not much attention paid to those who give the ultimate sacrifice. I knew it was my responsibility to ensure that you had the respect that you and your family truely deserve. I can't express the sadness I felt seeing your daughter that cold February day. I just want you and your family to know that ya'll are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You and your family

OFC Ziants

December 25, 2005

From our Chillicothe Family to yours sir, Merry Christmas. Please keep our blue, black and gray families safe through out the holidays.

Thank you for your sacrifice. May God bless your family and friends.

Friends of Larry R Cox EOW 4/21/05
Chillicothe Ohio Police Department

December 24, 2005


We think of you and your family during these holidays, and offer thoughts and prayers as you celebrate without your loved one. Cherish the memories of the past and be open to new ones with your loved ones and friends. Your loved one will never be forgotten and always honored for their sacrifice.

Alissa Scott
Widow of Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-03

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network

November 29, 2005

I often check the Officer Down web page to see if any fellow Government officers are in harms way. Officer Feltis Made the ultimate sacrifice for his country like many soldiers have in Iraq but not for any recognition for our country but to protect property and lives of other Government officials. I fear everyday at work that some criminal will do the same thing in Kansas and pray everyday that the good lord keeps us all safe. My prayers to the family to keep strong and I will be thinking of all Federal Police Officers in my duties as an officer as well and will put an extra effort for my fallen brothers in everything I do. Rest in Peace Brother in Blue.

Keoni Delacruz
GS-5, Police Officer
DA Police
Ft. Riley, Ks.

Officer Keoni Delacruz
Department of the Army Police

November 5, 2005

We just celebrated one of James’s favorite holidays, Halloween. He was just like a big kid every year he would buy something new to have out front of the house. He loved giving out the candy and waiting for his ladies to return from walking a couple of blocks around the house. His ladies included our good friend’s two daughters who came every year to celebrate Halloween. Several years ago the girls started calling him the “Puty Cat” like Sylvester the Cat and they all were Tweedy Bird when he chased them around the house trying to catch them. Once caught they would get tickled and receive kisses on their foreheads. This year our daughter decided in August that she wanted to be a Pink Power Ranger. I was out of town that day, 31 August 05 on business travel to the west coast. Our daughter went trick or treating with our wonderful friends who we met during James’s hospital stay. I and my daughter are blessed with their presence in our lives along with the blessing of several others that have become members of our family. Our family has so many fond memories of past holidays and I thank God for the memories but I would have liked at least thirty more years.

Just when I think my heart can not break anymore then it has, a holiday comes that reminds me even more that he is not walking back in the door. My heart breaks more for our daughter’s loss of James from her life. I will make sure she grows up knowing how much her father loved and cherished her.

Time is passing and life does move on but I will miss James for the rest of my life. Our family was not ready for him to be ripped away from us.

Mary Feltis
James's Family

November 3, 2005

James & Family - I had just arrived in D.C. shortly before your tragic a US Navy reserve member recalled to Active Duty, I left my job as a Deputy Sheriff (Hillsborough County, FL) to come to Washington. The news of your sacrifice went through our office in the Annex, and all were saddened. As a brother officer, I will regard you as a hero; and extend to your family my condolences. Rest in peace...

HMC James Procunier
US Navy - Navy Annex

November 1, 2005

James, I remember when I used to be there with you directing traffic those cold early mornings and patrolling the streets together. All your fellow Officers will miss you greatly. Rest in peace my brother. God bless your family.

Narcotics Supervisor
US Customs Service (Miami)

October 7, 2005

Rest in Peace.

US Mint Police-Washington DC

September 15, 2005

To Mrs. Feltis and her daughter, other family members and friends of Officer James Feltis III and officers of the Pentagon Police:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Officer Feltis was so tragically killed.

How sad that this dedicated officer died leaving a loving wife and child. It is also infuriating that criminals would rather kill to evade arrest than face up to the consequences of their own stupid criminal conduct. What a senseless act on the part of the criminal. What a heroic act on the part of Officer Feltis.

May you all continued to be comforted by the warm embrace of the circle of love and support you have gotten and will continue to get from the law enforcement community, and other police survivors.

Our family shares your agony as we lost our beloved Larry Lasater of the Pittsburg, Ca Police Dept. when he was fatally shot during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers. We grieve for you and with you.

James and his wife have served our country honorably in many ways. My son Larry was a Marine tank commander before going into law enforcement which I have always believed is another calling for a true patriot. Mary, how wonderful that you and James were life partners and partners in enforcing the laws and keeping us all safer. What a splendid example you have set for your daughter.

I also loved reading about the joy the birth of his daughter after twelve years of marriage gave James, and how he was so gentle with her. Reading that also touched me because my son died 2 1/2 months before the arrival of his firstborn, a son whose birth he and his wife eagerly anticipated.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of dedicated service James gave to man, his community and his country, and the supreme sacrifice which he and his family made on February 14, 2005.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD eow 4/24/05

September 7, 2005

Mrs. Feltis, I have not shared this with you personally, but I would like you to know that the courage you showed in the moments after your dear husband's death was such a testament to your love and support of Jim.

As a wife of a fellow Pentagon Police Officer, I realize now more than ever, how we need to support our officers and thank them every day for their service.

Jim taught my husband so much at work. He would come home and tell me stories, so full of pride at the job that he was doing. Jim played a part in that, and my husband will be forever greatful to him.

Thank you for sharing Jim with all of us. His memory will go on forever.

May God bless you and your family.

Wife of Pentagon Police Officer

July 27, 2005

It has taken me a long time to say anything. On that day, I had just finished talking to you, we had spoken about my promotion, and my lil girls. I left with a flipent remark of "I'ld like to stay,but I am going for coffee." To this day I would give anything to take those words back. For if I had stayed just a little longer, talked about one more thing, maybe I would have been there when the car came, and could have helped. You were my friend, and sometimes I feel I let you down. What a laugh you must have had up there when you found out my first assignment as a Sgt was to coordinate your escort! Me, who hates anything flambouyant, me, who can't keep my own life in order in charge of something that big. I hope I did you proud, I hope that the world saw the respect and heartfelt feelings that came through from Officers that day. As they called you out of service, I was over on the road, where no one could see me cry. I miss you, I miss you telling me to ease up,don't get excited over little things. Most of all I miss you shaking yoour head when I get worked up over some stupid problem. RIP my friend, Everytime I drink that coffee, I take a moment and .......

Sgt Cecil Richardson
Pentagon Police

July 27, 2005

I am continually amazed by the support of James's fellow police officers and numerous officers from other departments. Yesterday some of James's fellow officers stopped by my office with a gift for me from all the Day Shift Pentagon Force Protection Agency Police Officers; it is a beautiful Pentagon Police Badge with black ribbon, James’s name inscribed in Memory with the bottom banner reading "We Will Not Forget". Just like the 9-11 badge James received for being a first responder that tragic day. I have put the badge in James's badge holder and will keep it with me always. It is currently sitting on my desk with the American Flag in front. What an amazing and touching gift to give to me it has touched my soul and continually reminds me that I am not alone.

Mrs. Mary Ellen Feltis

Mrs. Mary Feltis

June 10, 2005

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