Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Terry Lee Melancon, Jr.

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Detective Terry Lee Melancon, Jr.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and the Baton Rouge P.D

Fallen but never forgotten.

Bryan Laurie son of fallen Officer
Nathan Laurie EOW 7-29-04

August 16, 2005

Your family, friends and co-workers will be in our prayers. God bless you, your a true hero that gave all.

Alicia Larkins
Wife of Trooper Todd Larkins
E.O.W. 07-08-05

August 16, 2005

R.I.P., Thanks for your service and for making BR a better place to live. We will not forget.....

August 16, 2005


Ryan H. Temple - Investigations Div.
Pike County Sheriff's Department

August 16, 2005

The pain and sadness felt from Terry's death reverberates through all departments, not just BRPD. We are so sorry for the loss and are forever BRPD's brothers in blue.

Louisiana State Police Troop A

August 16, 2005

Even though we've never met. I've lost my friend, brother and partner. It is indeed a sad moment in time. My deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends. God bless and rest in peace.

Ofc. Clement Punter
Univ. Of Central Florida Police Department

August 16, 2005

It troubles me to this happen time and time again. God bless family and friends, my prayers are with you.

Our Greatest Fear

Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officer’s final tour of duty is finished.
"Officer down", it’s our greatest fear,
and once again, I hold back a tear.
They patrol in the state, city, county and town,
in uniforms colored white, green, blue and brown.
The shape of their badges may vary,
but it’s a symbol that they all, proudly carry.
They leave for work with a kiss goodbye,
but some don’t come home, no matter how hard they try.
To uphold the law is the job that they pick,
with such high aspirations, why must some die so quick?
They leave behind loved ones, family and friends,
after their lives have met tragic ends.
Some die in crashes, others hearts not too stout,
to many have been lost when gunshots ring out.
Our Heavenly Father has called them home,
no more these dark streets do they roam.
Through trial and error they have given their best,
please Lord, now grant them eternal rest.
Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officer’s final tour of duty is finished.
"Officer down", it’s our greatest fear,
and once again I hold back a tear.

Officer Shawn Eckhart
Federal Officer

August 16, 2005

I'm so glad we became friends, thanks to Jimmy. There are a lot of memories we shared together that I will never forget.
I know that you will be watching over me while I perform my duties along with the Man upstairs. You've changed a lot of hearts by the life you lived including my own.
You will not be fogotten and you will always be in my heart wherever I go. I know that one day I will see you again in Paradise.
Everytime I catch the "Bad Guy" I will always be thinking of you. My heart goes out to the family of Terry and I will pray for them. Job well done Terry! Your the Man.

Dy. Jason Jones

August 16, 2005

hello mr melancon

I pray for you and your family. I talked with Jesus and they take care of you be with Jesus.. And Jesus say we must love all of peoples and be respect.Jesus will call you on heaven and be new friends with them. We want say thank for your job and they will alway miss you as much. We are very proud of your serve job in Baton Rouge and truly remember you alway.. thank you Shane McCowen

Shane McCowen
Webster Parish Residence of Louisiana

August 15, 2005

I am a 26 year veteran. I'm proud of Detective Melancon for his duty to the Badge. Officers of his caliber are the reason we can sleep at night.
I want you to know you are on the Prayer list at our Church.

Invvistigator Scotty Hill
Livestock Brand Commission

August 15, 2005

Terry, I will always remember you as one of the nicest voices on "the other side of the radio." Rest in peace detective. We will see you again someday.

Baton Rouge Police Department

August 15, 2005

Again we mourn as another hero is taken from us. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Melancon. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.

Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us to protect and serve others safely.

Police Officer O. Dennard
Newark Police Department (NJ)

August 15, 2005

At least the suspect is taken care of. Thank you for your sacrifice and may God be with your family and friends at this terrible time.

Captain Scott Wright
Mount Holly Police Department, NC

August 15, 2005

Rest in Peace...

Police Officer
Syracuse Police Dept,NY

August 15, 2005

May GOD bless your family and friends at this terrible time. Thank you for serving and protecting our state of La. Rest in peace, Sir.

Shirley Roberts- Oakdale, La.
Aunt of Fallen Officer John Logan EOW-3-14-04

August 15, 2005

terry,you are my best friend and brother and you will be missed greatly. you gave the ultimate sacrafice and will be remembered in my heart forever,yor best friend jimmy

sgt james sandridge

August 14, 2005

Somebody killed a policeman today,
and a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect,
will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect that shot him will stand up in court,
with counsel demanding his rights.
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids,
and spend many long, lonely nights.
The beat that he walked was a battle field too,
just as if he'd gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
to his name they will add a gold star.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
a cop put his life on the line.
Now his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
and he stands at each new rookie's side.
He answered the call, of himself gave his all,
and a part of America died.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God."

August 14, 2005

To the family members of Officer Melancon and the Police Officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department, you will be in our prayers in this time of need. May God look over all of you and take care of each other. God Bless

John 3:16

Officer Edward Michela
Bellevue Police Department, MI

August 14, 2005

My fiancé, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis was a Deputy Sheriff with the Davis County Sheriff's Office in SE Iowa. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Terry did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Terry be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Detective Meancon's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through these tough times, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you and that you are not alone in your "journey". Should you ever need anything please do not hesitate to contact me. (Dennis' department will also always know how to reach me.)

As a fallen officer "survivor" and a friend, please accept my condolences on behalf of myself and the McElderry family. I never got the opportunity to know Terry but, I am certain he was well respected and well loved. Terry will live on in the hearts of all the lives he touched. You were all lucky to have had him be a part of your lives, even for a short time. I pray that Terry will continue to watch over us all as only he can.

Thank you Detective Melancon for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiancé Dennis for me.

Wishing you and all those who loved you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

August 14, 2005

I was shocked to hear that another BRPD officer was killed in the line of duty. Although I personally did not know Det. Melancon, he is still my brother. Baton Rouge and the law enforcment community will always remember your dedication to duty. Rest in peace my brother.

Cpl William White
Lafayette Police Department

August 14, 2005

G-d Speed My Brother

odps Inv Unit

August 14, 2005

God bless the brothers and sisters of the Baton Rouge P.D. We mourn your great loss with you. We will pray for the family of your fallen hero. We will carry on the fight.

Sgt. John Bacot
Bossier City Police Department

August 14, 2005

Terry, you and countless other officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice are the men and women I call my heroes. My heartfelt thanks go out to you. It was truly an honor to be one of the hundreds of police officers to help guide you to your final resting place. The tribute from your fellow officers escorting you and civilians on the side of the road waving the flag was one of the most moving things I have ever seen. We all congratulate you on a job and life well done. Godspeed, Terry.

Cpl. Chris Cooper
Alexandria Police Dept

August 14, 2005


Cops are human ( believe it or not) just like the rest of us. They come in both sexes but mostly male. They also come in various sizes. This sometimes depends on whether you are looking for one or trying to hide something. However, they are mostly big.

Cops are found everywhere-on land, on the sea, in the air, on horses, in cars, sometimes in your hair. In spite of the fact that " you can't find one when you want one", they are usually there when it counts most. The best way to get one is to pick up the phone.

Cops deliver lectures, babies, and bad news. They are required to have the wisdom of solomon, the disposition of a lamb and muscles of steel and are often accused of having a heart to match. He's the one who rings the door-bell, swallows hard and announces the passing of a loved one; then spends the rest of the day wondering why he ever took such a "crummy" job.

On TV, a cop is an oaf who couldn't find a bull fiddle in a telephone booth. In real life he's expected to find a little blond boy " about so high" in a crowd of a half million people. In fiction, he gets help from private eyes, reporters, and who-dun-it fans." In real life, mostly all he gets from the public is " I didn't see nuttin'."

When he serves a summons, he's a monster. If he lets you go, he's a doll. To little kids, he's either a friend or a bogeyman, depending on how the parents feel about it. He works " around the clock", split shifts, Sundays and holidays, and it always kills him when a joker says. " Hey tomorrow is Election Day, I'm off, let's go fishing" ( that's the day he works 20 hours).

A cop is like the little girl, who, when she was good, was very, very good, but, when she was bad, was horrid. When a cop is good, " he's getting paid for it." When he makes a mistake, " he's a grafter, and that goes for the rest of them too." When he shoots a stick-up man he's a hero, except when the stick-up man is " only a kid, anybody coulda seen that."

Lots of them have homes, some of them covered with ivy, but most of them covered with mortgages. If he drives a big car, he's a chiseler; a little car, "who's he kidding?" His credit is good; this is very helpful, because his salary isn't. Cops raise lots of kids; most of them belong to other people.

A cop sees more misery, bloodshed, trouble, and sunrises than the average person. Like the postman, cops must also be out in all kinds of weather. His uniform changes with the climate, but his outlook on life remains about the same: mostly a blank, but hoping for a better world.

Cops like days off, vacations, and coffee. They don't like auto horns, family fights, and anonymous letter writers. They have unions, but they can't strike. They must be impartial, courteous, and always remember the slogan " At your service." This is sometimes hard, especially when a character reminds him, " I'm a taxpayer, I pay your salary."

Cops get medals for saving lives, stopping runaway horses, and shooting it out with the bandits ( once in a while his widow gets the medal). But sometimes, the most rewarding moment comes when, after some small kindness to an older person, he feels the warm hand clasp, looks into grateful eyes and hears, " Thank you and God bless you, son."

Officer Dave Carroll
Choctaw, Oklahoma

August 14, 2005

Your service was met to the fullest and now your responsibility of doing what you done best has been completed. Thank You for your service and your courage and bravery as a Baton Rouge PD Detective and Officer will not be forgotten.

Rest In Peace and Thank You
J. Betner
City of Radcliff KY Police
Dispatcher - 709

Telecommunicator J. Betner - 709
City Of Radcliff Kentucky Police Dept.

August 14, 2005

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.