Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Terry Lee Melancon, Jr.

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Wednesday, August 10, 2005

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Reflections for Detective Terry Lee Melancon, Jr.


Hey Uncle Terry,It's Ashley I've been doing fine you probley know that i'm trying.Well my grades are good at school,but in algebra not so good.I'm tryin my hardset to pass.Mrs. Cindy Williams said that they might give me a placement test so I might be in 12th grade next year.Well I gotta go.


Ashley Harwell

April 7, 2008

HAPPY EASTER TERRY! Thank you baby!

Eternal Love,



March 23, 2008


I miss you so much. My heart hurts more as time goes on without you. I know that I was so blessed to share part of my life with you. I also know that many people live their entire lives, and they don't get to experience our kind of love. It just hurts so much to have to live the rest of my life without you here. As long as I am on this earth, it will remain a mystery as to why you went to Heaven so quickly. Its so hard to understand why you, Pat, and Mark all had to leave us so suddenly. I agree with the Chief...God wants the best there with Him. Forever thinking of you.

Eternal Love,



March 21, 2008

terry, it me jimmy. i still miss my best friend, my buddy to play x box with,playing golf and going fishing. mark is up there with you now . you guys are probaly playing golf and smoking a cigar. i wish you were still here,but i can only hope to see you in heaven some day. until then i will continue to keep you memory alive and play golf with your dad, and watch over your sisters. you will always be in my heart and my memory forever.
your best friend jimmy

sgt james sandridge

March 19, 2008

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice. You are a hero to us all and will never be forgotten


March 14, 2008


It's your FTO, Higgy. I miss you making jokes and trying to mess with me about working out. I know you are sitting there with Mark smoking a cigar and reflecting on things. I miss both you guys and I can't wait to join you. Save one of those cigars for me and I'll be home to join you one day before you know it. Losing you guys broke my heart, but I know I will see you both again and that gives me hope.

Cpl. Brian Higginbotham
Baton Rouge Police Dept.

March 1, 2008

Detective Melancon, I just wanted to thank you for your service, I think of you and your family often. I thank you for watching over all of us that serve our country. You will never be forgotten.

Ptlm Mark E Grant
Baden Borough Pd, Pennsylvania

February 27, 2008

I continue to miss you each and every day. I agree with Lynn when she said is doesn't get easier as time passes. I think you just learn to live with grief. I know why God chose you Terry but it is so hard to live with out you. The girls miss you and I wish you could be here to watch them grow. Amelia is turning 4 tomorrow. You are not there to say "Amelia, why are you so cute?" We miss you Terry. Be with us. Be with Kaylan. She needs you. Love always, Lacey


January 15, 2008

HAPPY 34TH BIRTHDAY MY BABY! Thinking of you today as always...thanks for another "sign"! I love and miss you very much. You are my angel...

Eternal Love,


Lynn Harwell

January 9, 2008

Hey Uncle Terry it's ashley it's december 21st today. well there's 4 day's left until Christmas Day. I know you'll be with all of us. Well I'm doing good in school I guess you kinda know that already. I need to come put some RED ROSES on your grave. I need to get in touch with aunt Lynn or Aunt Vicki to come out to Baton Rouge. WEll a couple of my friends read the book END OF WATCH and they liked it.I love it. I have it with me in my booksack all the time.When i'm upset I start to read it and think about how sad it was for you and the family.Well I have to go i'm in school. Love you and miss you.

Ashley Harwell

Ashley Harwell
Family (Neice)

December 21, 2007

Hey uncle Terry,It's Ashley.Well its getting close to Christmas I can't wait I know what I'm already getting.Well I know you probley know what is going on with me.I wish I could talk to you about it FACE-TO-FACE maybe 1 day I can.Well I'm at school and I gotta go. LOVE AND MISS YOU LOTS.



December 11, 2007

HAPPY THANKSGIVING MY BABY!!! I LOVE & MISS YOU SO MUCH...LIKE ALWAYS. I had a great time with your family today...I KNOW you were with us. I am so GRATEFUL for the "signs" you continue to give us...especially when we need them the most! They are a constant reminder of the thin veil that exists between Heaven and earth. It was so apparent that you and Jonathan were there with Alison and I for the C.O.P.S WALK...Thank you! And then again, right on time, you are in Rockland, your girl a sign! All I can say is WOW! Thanks for watching over my RPD friends they are already know that! I LOVE YOU...I AM FOREVER THANKFUL FOR YOU!



November 22, 2007

Dear Uncle Terry,

Hey Uncle Terry, its Ashley Harwell.Its been a good while sence I wrote you ,so I thought I would write to you.I did a report in my English 2 class yesterday.My teacher Mrs. Varnado got her 5th hour class to write a topic on DRUGS.At first I didn't want to do it ,but then at the same time I didn't want to get an F for not doing my work ,so I did it and I talked about drugs not being good for you that you can OD yourself and hurt someone or somebody that you love.Please watch over my grandma Gaynell and grandpa Ellis.Well I made a new thing to put on your grave again.Its awsome and I know your going to love it.Well I gotta go Love and Miss you a lot.

Ashley Harwell

Ashley Harwell

October 31, 2007

"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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 31, 2007

Love and miss you brother....we will never forget you

Corporal Matt Cosper
Baton Rouge City Police

October 26, 2007

Hey Terry,

Your mom came and spoke at the school I'm working at the other day. I'm sure you were so proud of her! I felt honored to introduce her as my special friend and as your mother. She did a great job and had a tremendous impact on the kids and staff. Its a week later and people are still coming up to me and telling me how they were touched by your story. Your legacy will live on forever through your family and friends. Your love for Christ continues to live on and change the lives of so many lost souls. Please keep Lynn and all of your family safe and continue to show them your loving prescence. Be with Lynn as she trains to go and walk for you in DC. I know you're so proud of your baby!!! Don't forget to tell "J" hi for me and let him know how much I miss him!

Love you,
Ashley R.


September 23, 2007

Hey Uncle Terry,it's Ashley.Well I'm writing you because I came to show my mom (Angela) your page.Thanks for being there with me for doing the STUPID things that I did.I know you know everything I been goint through.Please keep watching over me with the problems that I have right now.Well 2 people read the END OF WATCH book that Aunt Vicki wrote they really liked it.Even the part about you putting a dozen crickets into one of the detectives patrol car.Now I have to admit that was funny.Well I gotta go I'll talk to you later.

Love always,
Ashley Harwell

Ashley Harwell

September 13, 2007

You will always be a hero. Your family remains in my thoughts and prayers. It was so great reading the book your mom wrote about you,the close family bond that has always existed in your family and all of your accomplishments. We miss you!

Kim Davis

August 15, 2007

I Just wanted to let you know I continue to pray for your family and friends. Your Mom wrote a wonderful book, and I've shared it with so many people. It really hit home for me. My faith became stronger, and I hope to have your Mom sign my copy of the book. Thank you for giving her the strength to share your story.

Jill Higginbotham

August 14, 2007

Hey My Baby,

Friday, August 10th at 3:16pm made two years since you entered Heaven. It's crazy how different time has effected me since that day. Somedays feel like you were just here, and others feel like an eternity since I have seen your gorgeous smiling face. Those who have said that it gets easier with time obviously never lost anyone truly special to them. I miss you more and more as time goes on. I hate being stuck here everyday without you. My hope is in KNOWING that we have all of eternity together. That knowledge is what gets me through everyday. I'm so thankful for ALL of the ways you continue to let us know that you are here and aware of everything. We were so BLESSED for being able to share a part of our earthly lives together. And I know that "this separation is only an instant in the eternity of love we share ". What an AMAZING day that will be when I can see your smile again and hear your laugh. Please continue to bless us with your loving presence and little signs. You have also blessed me with your incredible family and friends...I'm so thankful for all of them. Your best friend, Jimmy, has truly become one of my best friends. I'm also thankful for the wonderful friends I have made during these past two years. If only the circumstances of our friendships were different. Terry, not a day goes by that I don't think about you and miss you. Forever thinking about you until I see you again.

Eternal Love,



August 12, 2007

2 years and still missing you it seems like only yesterday we were in the academy. I talked with Jimmy early Friday morning. We talked about you and remembered the funny stories. Lynn was with me when I had my surgery, I know you were watching over both of us. Well, I will talk to you later,

Luv ya,

Officer J. Fullwood
Baton Rouge Police Dept.

August 12, 2007

Dear Uncle Terry,

Hey uncle Terry it's ashley,can't believe you been gone for 2 years now.keep watching over all of us even my grandma gaynell & grandpa ellis.well the book that aunt vicki wrote about you was very good i cryed the whole time when i read it.well school starts soon so please watch over me.well i gotta go.thanks for being your hero.

Ashley Harwell


August 11, 2007

Terry, thinking of you and all your loved ones today, especially Lynn, I am so glad to have met her, but I know either of us would give anything to have met under different circumstances. Say Hi to my Scott for me.

Fiance Scott Stewart EOW 8/11/02

August 10, 2007

Thinking of you and your family today and always.
God Bless you and all of our fallen heros.

Mary-Katherine Metternich
Sister to Cpl. C. Metternich (MC52) BRPD

August 10, 2007

Detective Melancon,
On this second anniversary of your EOW, I wish to extend my heartfelt thoughts to your family and friends who are thinking of you always. It takes a certain kind of person to enter this line of work, one with much dedication and committment. That was you, and we thank you for that.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 9, 2007

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