Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Matthew J. Melchionda

Watchung Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, March 8, 2006

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Reflections for Police Officer Matthew J. Melchionda

OFFICER MELCHIONDA,
YESTERDAY I DID AN ASSEMBLY OF A WEIGHT SYSTEM AT THE HOME OF ONE OF YOUR FORMER CO-WORKERS AT AIRBORNE. HE SPOKE VERY HIGHLY OF YOU, AND BECAME QUITE EMOTIONAL WHEN SPEAKING OF YOU. HE WAS QUOTED IN THE PAPER AFTER YOUR FUNERAL SAYING "IF THERE WERE MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN THIS WORLD..."
THIS GOES TO SHOW THE MARK YOU LEFT ON SO MANY PEOPLE. YOU ARE REMEMBERED BY MANY.

OFFICER MELCHIONDA, NEVER FORGOTTEN.

JIM SWEENEY CIVILIAN NEW JERSEY
A FRIEND TO ALL PEACE OFFICERS

May 14, 2007

Sir, I did not know you but wanted to offer you my thanks for your sacrifice. People today do not respect the lights and sirens. Tragically, this is the result.
rest in Peace, brother. None of you are ever forgotten.

P/O Joseph Leighthardt
Philadelphia Police Department

April 19, 2007

To the family, friends, and fellow officers of Matt's department, I just wanted to stop by and say God Bless. I wanted to let you all know that I am thinking of you this month in both of our tragic times. I am sure that Jesse and Matt are both up there shining down upon us all. Stay strong WPD.

Officer Dominick Marraccini
Easton Police Department, Easton, PA

March 30, 2007

Matt-
My thoughts and prayers are with Lynn and your family during this hard time as the anniversary of your untimely death has passed and your birthday approaches. I know you're here in spirit.
Lynn- If there is anything I can do, even if it's just to lend an ear or take a walk, call me.

Love,
Katie

Katie Holterman
Friend of Lynn Melchionda

March 30, 2007

To the family, my prayers are still with you.
To Matty, I still laugh everytime I hear you mentioned, you were one of a kind. The image of you with your cup of Quick Chek coffee sitting in class will always bring a smile to my face.

Friend, classmate, colleague

March 11, 2007

ONE YEAR YESTERDAY. YOUR SACRIFICE IS REMEMBERED. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY NAD BROTHER OFFICERS OF THE WATCHUNG POLICE DEPARTMENT.

OFFICER MELCHIONDA, NEVER FORGOTTEN.

JIM SWEENEY CIVILIAN NEW JERSEY
A FRIEND TO ALL PEACE OFFICERS

March 9, 2007

Lynn-
May you gain strength from the good memories, on this first anniversary of Matt's untimely passing.

Our husbands were in the same police academy recruit class 23-99. Today he made sure he mentioned Matt and told me that his department held a moment of silence in Matt's honor. Some of us, in life, have only met you under the worst conditions last year. I wished to you, when I held your hand, for God to give you strength, and I hope he has and will continue to do so. May you gather strength to know that Matt is not forgotten, his legacy lives on!

Blessing to you Lynn and the whole Melchionda family, today and in the future!

NJ Law Enforcement Wife

March 8, 2007

My heart goes out to the wife of Officer Melchionda on the first anniversary of his EOW. We are losing too many of our officers to accidents that could have been prevented. You will be in my prayers.....

March 8, 2007

Dear Lynn and Family,

I want you to know that Matthew Melchionda holds a very special place in my heart forever. Not many days go by that I don't think of Officer Melchionda. I still take Muffin to Petco for her grooming, but I leave my pocketbook in the car.(smile). God Bless you and I pray that all is well. Officer Melchionda is truly an Angel, God has told me so.

Love and Peace,
Brenda Rawles and Family

Brenda Rawles
Friend

March 8, 2007

My thoughts are with you, your family, and the Watchung PD on this day. I'll be riding my bicycle 250 miles in honor of you on May 10-12 2007 in the Police Unity Tour. You protected the streets of Watchung and neighboring communities every day, riding in honor of you is my way of thanking you - I have many family members who live in the area.
"Heroes Live Forever"

Officer Kristen Chipoletti
TN Bureau Of Investigation

March 8, 2007

On the first anniversary of your death, I just wanted to let you know that you are not forgotten and never will be. Rest in peace, Sir.

Shirley Roberts
Aunt of Fallen Hero John Logan EOW-3-14-04

March 8, 2007

Lynn, I know the pain you are feeling today and I just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you today. This is the hardest hurdle to get through but you can do it. Matt will help you. I know it will be SO hard to NOT replay one year ago today's events, but TRY to remember Matt in happier times. You know I am ALWAYS here for you for ANYTHING you need. I am glad that I have been able to help you this past year, its so much different when you have someone who was in your exact situation to talk to. We will forever be friends and I will always do whatever I can for you. Hang in there Lynn.
Love, Denise

Denise Zimmerman
Wife of NJ State Trooper Bert Zimmerman

March 8, 2007

It does not seem like a year ago, more like yesterday that we were seeing your name here.May you rest in peace and may Our Lord wrap His Arms tightly around your loved ones, friends and brother officers today.G-d Bless.

March 8, 2007

Matt,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones on this first anniversary of your end of watch. Not a day goes by that I don't miss you and remember what a great person and friend you were. You will never be forgotten. Not after one year, not ever. Please continue to guide and protect us. Rest peacefully brother.

Patrolman Jeanne-Marie Mocarski
BHPD

March 8, 2007

It's hard to believe that a year has gone by already. Please know that you and Lynn are always in our thoughts and prayers. I'll be praying for Lynn and for your families on the passing of this sad anniversary. Love, Amanda, Chris and Colin Davis

Amanda Davis
Lynn's friend

March 7, 2007

Remembering you and the tragic loss of yet another police officer. My condolences to the family and friends of Officer Melchionda and to the entire Watchung Police Dept. Thank you Officer Melchionda for your years of service, dedication, and ultimate sacrafice to the State of New Jersey and the people of Watchung. God Bless You Sir.

Ofc. Eric Chiang
San Francisco Police Department

March 7, 2007

It is hard to believe one year has passed since you've been gone. The memory of your silly sense of humor and hearty laugh leaves a smile on my face. You possessed wisdom beyond your years and I always learned something interesting from you. May you rest in peace, knowing you are missed each and every day and will never be forgotten by all who knew and loved you. Love, LAURA, PETE and PETER ANDREW

Laura Avalos
sister-in-law

March 6, 2007

Lynn, I wanted you to know that I think of you all of the time but more recently lately as the first anniversary of Matt's passing is upon you. Your strength and courage over the past year inspire me and I know that Matt is looking down from heaven and he is so proud of you. He is your guardian angel who is always by your side. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Alicia Camlibel and Family

March 6, 2007

My thoughts are with you and your family, especially your brave wife. Mrs. Melchionda, you are a heroine and I salute you.

PO Fox Luu
Haltom City (Texas) Police Department

February 24, 2007

Hey Bud,
Well, you were right. There is never going to be a perfect time. I know you are smiling. I can't believe Nicholas is 7 weeks old. He's growing so fast!
You are missed so much Matt. Lynn and your family are always in my prayers.

Ptl. Jeanne-Marie Mocarski
BHPD

February 10, 2007

Hey there Ace,

I am just sitting here reading what people have had to say to and Lynn. I miss you bud. Over the past year I have really missed your bad jokes, and occasionally you had a good one. Billy and I still talk about all the good times, as we will never forget them.

God Bless

Ron Haines
Friend

January 24, 2007

Dear Matt,
As our family celebrates this holiday season we feel empty and deeply saddened because you are not here with us. Just knowing we were with you one short year ago on Christmas is incredibly painful for us all. We hope you know how much we all adore you and hold the memories of the great times we had with you deep in our hearts. Please also know we will continue to pray for Lynnie's courage and strength through this difficult time.
Love,
D,J & L

Denise, John, Lucy Bonczek
Sister-in-Law, Brother-in-Law, Niece

December 27, 2006

Dear Lynn ~

I wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as you endure this first holiday season without your wonderful husband. May you have a warm and blessed Christmas and may the New Year bring you hope, renewed faith and new beginnings.

Warmly ~
Carin E. Sollman
wife of Officer Jesse E. Sollman EOW 3/25/05

December 23, 2006

We little knew that day, God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
You did not go alone,
for part of us went with you the day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories, your love is still our guide;
tho' we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken, nothing seems the same,
but God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

December 19, 2006

Officer Melchionda,

Your legacy inspires myself and the rest of my police class at Somerset County Police Academy (class 37-06). When we read your name every day during the morning colors ceremony, it reminds us of your courage and pride. Everyone at the department has so much good to say about you. I would have been honored to work with you.

Rest in peace,

Brian Smith
Recruit, Watchung Police Department
Somerset County Police Academy Class # 37-06

Rct. Brian Smith
Watchung P.D.

December 3, 2006

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