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

My thoughts and prayers are with your family... May angels lead you in.

Trooper Jessica Williams
Virginia State Police, former NJ resident

March 21, 2006

My deepest condolences to Lynn and the family of Officer Matthew Melchionda. May his strength and courage continue to inspire all of us to live our lives as he did.

Danielle (McAloney) Petrelli
Sister in Law of NJ State Trpr. Bertram Zimmerman (EOW 2/5/2004)

March 20, 2006

To the family of Matthew Melchionda,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless Matt and may he rest in peace. Your sacrafice will not ever be in vain.

Ptl. Donny Carruth
East Brunswick PD, NJ

March 20, 2006

You will be sadly missed by us all. We were a class of only 22 now only 21. We were Recruit Class 23-99 "The Centuries Finest" but the truth is you were the finest.

Ofc. Lauralee Salisbury-Battista
Middlesex Borough Police Dept.

March 20, 2006


We graduated high school together and though I haven't seen you since then, I was filled with a sadness when learning of your passing. I remember you as funny and kind. May you rest in peace.

Caryn Wiley (maiden name Rasweiler)


March 20, 2006

God bless and keep you and yours.

Lieutenant Frank Bertone
Harris County Constable 3 Baytown,Texas

March 20, 2006

You may be gone but we dont forget. Rest in peace brother and we'll take it from here.

Deputy Ricky Morales
Jackson County Sheriff's Department

March 20, 2006

I will never understand 1 why this happened to such A fine young officer, and 2 why the person who recklessly did this, will not be charged. Such A young wife now left as A widow. My prayers are with you, I did not know you nor did I know your family, but my prayers are with you. RIP Matthew

Jena Sims

March 19, 2006

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Melchionda family and to the brothers and sisters of the Watchung Police Dept. Rest in peace brother and God bless.

Sgt. Robert S. Stavola, Jr. #125
Gloucester Twp. Police (Camden County)

March 18, 2006

Words can not say enough but, we mourn another hero that has been taken from us. If it was by accident or crimes against an officer it is a great loss. We will be praying for your family during these trying times. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.

Missionary/Evangelist Joe Taylor Cop Evangelist Ministries

Joe Taylor (Former FL LEO)

March 18, 2006

From the Brothers and Sisters of Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club Ct ChaptXI...Condolences to our brothers family....... Your all in our Prayers............

Detective Larry Calhoun
Naugatuck Ct PD

March 18, 2006

Lynn, Dave and the Melchionda Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Matt often spoke of his family with affection and a smile. May the love of family and friends comfort you. You are continually in my thoughts and prayers.

Watchung Brothers,
Never forget your family next door is there for you. Matt will be greatly missed by all of us.

I am blessed to have known you behind the badge. You have been an inspiration to me since I met you. Thank you for always caring and looking out for me. You were the most intelligent person I ever met and I learned so much from you. We shared the joy in finding our soul mate, getting engaged the same day and planning our weddings. I will miss your friendship, "the freedom of good conversation", my vocabulary lessons, your laugh and the sanity breaks.
I promise I will continue to "go where there is no path and leave a trail". The memories will be with me until we meet again. You lived and died a hero, I will never forget you and continue in your honor. I go to work tonight for the first time since the accident. Every time those hairs raise up on the back of my neck from now on...I'll know it's you looking out for me.
Lynn, Dave and your family will always have the support of your LE family.
Rest In Peace Brother.

"A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud..."
"It is not length of life, but depth of life"
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Officer Jeanne-Marie Mocarski
Berkeley Heights PD, NJ

March 18, 2006

May god bless you and your family Matt. Thank you for your dedicated service to us all. You are a true hero. God speed my brother

Patrolman James Crilly
Clinton P.D.

March 18, 2006

On behalf of Mountainside PBA 126, I would like to extend our deepest sympothies to friends, family, and fellow officers of Ofc. Melchionda.
Rest In Peace Brother

Ofc. J Stinner
Mountainside PBA Local 126

March 17, 2006

Rest in Peace Brother! You made the supreme sacrifice in the "line of duty" and your legacy should never be forgotten. Rest in Eternal Peace and keep an eye over all of us in Blue. My deepest sympathy goes out to your wife and entire family.
I contacted the NY State Shields to honor your devotion to the job and your wife as every year they Honor Police Survivors on the NY Intrepid at the annual NY State Shields Memorial Breakfast. Anyeone who has contacts with the family or the Watchung Police force, please e-mail as the President and Executive Board are interested in honoring the family in May 2007 since this year might be a little too soon.
Brother Officer - Bergen County Sheriff's Office [email protected]

Bergen County Sheriff's Office

March 17, 2006




March 17, 2006

God be with your wife, family, and brotherhood

March 17, 2006

You will forever be remembered and never forgotten. Heroes live forever. We have the watch from here brother.

Somerset County

March 16, 2006


You will be missed. You were truly one of those unique individuals who touched people in so many different ways. Michele and I are so glad that we got the opportunity to hang out with Lynn and you one last time the weekend before you died. We have been mourning your death this past week, however, we will make sure that we will forever celebrate your life. Although we know you will be looking out for Lynn, rest assure that we will be there for her during this trying time. Even though you have left us for now, we will always remember you every day when we say our sons name. God bless you Matt and Rest in Peace!!! A son, a brother, a husband, a friend, and especially a HERO!!

Love always,

Michele, Steve and Matthew Murray

Michele, Steve and Matthew Murray

March 16, 2006

Matt, I asked Bert to show you around up there in heaven so that Lynn knows that you are not alone and not afraid. Please know that I will do my best to take care of your wife in any way that I can. She is an amazing person. Thanks to you and Bert for bringing us together. You truly are a hero Matt and you will never be forgotten.

Denise Zimmerman
Surviving Spouse of NJ State Trooper Bert Zimmerman 2-5-04

March 16, 2006

Officer Melchionda,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Watchung. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


March 16, 2006

God Bless you brother. You will be missed to no end. The fishing trips will never be the same without "Ace" on-board.

Ron Haines

March 16, 2006

On behalf of the Plainsboro Township Police Department we express our deepest sympathy & condolences to the friends, family and fellow officers of Ofc. Melchionda. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. God Bless.

Ptl. Scott Seitz
Plainsboro Twp. Police Dept.

March 16, 2006

Matt -
May the Lord bless you and keep you. You will be missed.

Melchionda family -
My deepest sympathies.


March 16, 2006

To the wife and family of PO Melchionda, May your sorrows of today be replaced by only by the fondest of memories of your husband (son, brother and friend). I can only imagine, as the wife of a police officer for 25 years, what you are going through, I will keep you all in my prayers. May he live forever in your hearts. Sincerely, Beth

Beth Brady

March 16, 2006

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