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

Happy birthday son, your always with me in the deepest part of my heart. Words can't describe how much you're missed. Love You, Dad

Police Captain Jim Melchionda

March 31, 2019

God continue to be with your family with the 13 year anniversary of your passing.

Detective II
Metropolitan Police

March 22, 2019

Yesterday marked 13 years without you and your smile. Still, I keep hoping it is all just a bad dream and you will come through my door. I love you my son.

Until we meet again,
Mom xoxoxoxo

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

March 9, 2019

I love you Matthew with all my heart and soul. Always wishing you would walk through my door and I could hear your voice and see that great smile and hear that hearty laugh. Christmas without you is difficult at best and miserable at worst. You will never be forgotten my bright shining star. I miss you Matty. xoxoxoxoxoxo

Jane Melchionda
Proud to be Matthew's mom.

December 27, 2018

Twelve years Matthew, I miss you more than ever.


Jane Melchionda
Matt's mom

March 8, 2018

The month of March has come and as it does every year my thoughts go to Matt and his family. Thinking of him makes me smile as he had an infectious smile and wit. He is deeply missed and my heart goes to his loving mother and family. xo


March 1, 2018

Yet another Christmas without my Matthew. The loss does not get easier but only worse as time passes. Thank you to all who leave reflections here, the latest from the DC Metro Police. I pray no other mother would ever have to endure the heartache of such a loss. Stay safe out there (including Matt's younger brother who is still on patrol protecting the citizens of Watchung). I know Matt would not want me to suffer but I will until we meet again.

Everlasting love to my Renaissance Man. xoxoxo

Matthew's mom
Jane Melchionda

December 29, 2017

I came across your page and wanted to leave a message. My heart breaks as I read your mothers reflections. I grew up in Somerset County and serve with DC. I remember hearing the news when it happened especially since Matthew is close in age to me. It has to be tough especially with another Christmas approaching. Mrs. Melchionda I hope you know that police officers across this country rally around you. We wish we can take away your pain and bring him back to you. I know my mother worries about me daily because she tells me, and if something were to happen I would not want to see her endure so much pain. I know Matthew must feel the same and is with you. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas. It was nice to see his badge on the Watchung cars when I came back to the area to visit. He will not be forgotten no matter how much time goes by.

Police Officer
DC Metropolitan Police

December 23, 2017



August 6, 2017

The Ride for those who died is enroute to Washington, DC and the Law Enforcement Memorial. Your name is on bicycles and wrists as they peddle to remember. Son, you are not forgotten. We all remember your bright smile, irresistible laugh, intelligent humor and your kindness to those you served.

We miss you Matt, more than you could ever know.

Love beyond words,


Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

May 10, 2017

This month of madness has now come to an end. Not that it matters what day or month or year it is. To me your loss is a neverending heartbreak.

43 years ago you brought such joy to my life on March 31st. To have you taken away in the same month is almost too much to bear.

I am proud to have been your mother for nearly 32 years. You were the best of the best.

Until we meet again my love, I will hold you in my heart and love you with all my heart.

Mom xoxoxo

Jane Melchionda
Matthew's Mom

April 1, 2017

Reading all of the reflections that this mother has written just breaks my heart. That car accident is as real to her today as it was the day it happened. God bless this mother and all the heartache she has been through.

Ms Sharon Smith
Private Citizen

March 8, 2017

Continue to rest in perpetual peace my brother. Watch over your loving family while you are in a better place, and know that your memory will always be alive.

Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)

March 8, 2017

March 31, 2016

31 birthdays with you was not enough

10 birthdays without you is too many.

I am eternally grateful to you for making me a mother for the first time and making my job so easy and rewarding.

I miss you my beautiful son,

Loving you always ~ Mom

Matthew's mom

April 1, 2016

My Dearest Matthew:

It just cannot be ten years. Each morning I try to figure out how to get through the day, and I do somehow, and then suddenly a year has passed and then another and now ten years later, it still feels like this terrible tragedy happened to our family just yesterday. I will never stop missing you and your smile. You were a wonderful son to me. Someone commented that I did good a good job raising such a wonderful young man. You made my job easy. I love you with all my heart and soul and will until we meet again.


Matthew's mom

March 9, 2016

Remembering you today and I'm proud to be part of a department dedicated to keeping your legacy alive.

Patrolman Jason Moberly

March 9, 2016

What the Heart Cannot Forget

Everything remembers something. The rock, its fiery bed,
cooling and fissuring into cracked pieces, the rub
of watery fingers along its edge.

The cloud remembers being elephant, camel, giraffe,
remembers being a veil over the face of the sun,
gathering itself together for the fall.

The turtle remembers the sea, sliding over and under
its belly, remembers legs like wings, escaping down
the sand under the beaks of savage birds.

The tree remembers the story of each ring, the years
of drought, the floods, the way things came
walking slowly towards it long ago.

And the skin remembers its scars, and the bone aches
where it was broken. The feet remember the dance,
and the arms remember lifting up the child.

The heart remembers everything it loved and gave away,
everything it lost and found again, and everyone
it loved, the heart cannot forget.

Never ever forgotten my sweet son. xoxo

Jane Melchionda
Matt's Mom

November 26, 2015

Matthew, I missed you even more than usual on my birthday. You always sent the most wonderful cards. Always some special notes which I have saved over the years. You left us with so much but it is just never enough for me. Loving and missing you always, MoM

Jane Melchionda
Matt's Mom

October 1, 2015

The greatest loss is that of a child, for they can never be replaced. Prayers for your strength and know that he is with you in spirit.


July 28, 2015

Thinking of you today and about how much has changed since your passing. You are remembered for all the ways you made us feel special and continue to be an inspiration with the memories we have have of you.


July 28, 2015

Mrs. Melchionda, we don't know each other but I pray for you and your dear son Matthew. So terribly sorry for your loss. I can only imagine that it never gets easier. I believe that you will see him again someday. Please know that you and your son are thought of, with respect, gratitude and sorrow.

Ilona Allen
with gratitude to our officers and their families

May 21, 2015

Dear Matt:

Missing you on what would have been #41. I can't help but wonder what you would look like. Would your hair be getting gray, would you still have that great smile and hearty laugh, would your eyes still twinkle when you will be forever young my son.

Bitter/sweet day my love xoxo

Jane Melchionda
Mother of Fallen Officer Matthew Melchionda - Watchung, NJ

March 31, 2015

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten Matt. I think of you often while on the road. May you rest in peace.

Sgt Al Sellinger
Scotch Plains Police Dept

March 9, 2015

To Matthew, your never going to be forgotten. Rest in peace sir. To Mathews family your forever in our hearts as we continue to remember fallen brothers and sisters on the thin blue line. Your lives have been forever changed.

Sergeant J. Mellott B0058

March 8, 2015

It is difficult to believe nine years have passed by without hearing your voice or seeing your beautiful smile. I am missing you more than ever. Since I cannot hold you in my arms, I hold you in my heart my son.

Loving you always and always,


Jane Melchionda
Mother of Fallen Officer Matthew Melchionda - Watchung, NJ

March 8, 2015

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