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 sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Police Officer Matthew Melchiondia as well as to the Watchung Police Department. Rest in peace Officer Melchiondia, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

March 9, 2006

Rest in peace blue angel! You will not be forgotten. Thank you for your service. We have your watch from here.

Police Officer

March 9, 2006

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry a badge
can't always be a saint."

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell"


March 9, 2006

As quick as your watch ended,,, your new one begins,,, watch over us and quide us to the end of our daily shifts,,, Rest my brother...

Lt. Chuck Evans
Lawrenceburg PD (Ind)

March 9, 2006

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

March 9, 2006

My heart and prayers are with the family, friends and coworkers of Officer Melchiondia. God bless you all. A hero who will not be forgotten.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02

March 9, 2006

My wife and I would like to send our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Police Officer Matthew Matthew Melchiondia of the Watchung Police Department. Thank you for your years of service and dedication. May God Bless.

Officer Timothy T. Royster
Huntsville P. D., AL.

March 9, 2006

Every day I come to the ODMP to pray for an Officer and it always saddens me to see when another Officer has become an Angel.May Our Lord give you Eternal Rest and May He comfort your Family ,friends and your Department as they suffer your loss.

March 9, 2006



March 9, 2006

My heart goes out to Officer Melchiondia's family and agency.

God Speed!

Officer J. Castillo
Calfornia Highway Patrol - San Andreas

March 9, 2006

He was yours to give,
and yours to call home,
please stand by his brothers,
so they don't feel alone,
dry the tears of his family,
so they clearly see:
that he gave his all,
so all could have peace.
Blessed are they,
the children of God,
with heavy hearts,
and honor - they trod,
to pay their respects,
to give their salute,
and to ask for your mercy,
on heroes in Blue.

Matthew, rest easy brother, we have the watch.

Mesquite, TX

March 9, 2006

Rest in peace brother, you now walk among the heavens.

P.O. Nelson Marti
New York State Park Police

March 9, 2006

god bless

March 9, 2006

Law enforcement officers are, indeed, a special breed of people. Ask anyone on the street and they will tell you that they would not have our jobs for anything in the world. It takes something special to do what we do and at the same time be able to even contemplate retirement. We try to be optimists. Unfortunately, there are a few of us who will never make that date with retirement. By the very nature of our job, we are at risk everyday of losing our lives, either at the hand of some deranged individual or in some other situation that we, by virtue of our occupation, may be unable to avoid. Some people have recognized the hazardous duties we involve ourselves in, the risks we take, and the pride we take in accomplishing that job. There is National Law Enforcement Week, dedicated to us who gladly accept the responsibility of protecting the citizens in our respective jurisdictions. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day is dedicated to those who gave their lives in the line of duty. These are but two examples of remembrances specifically for law enforcement personnel. Remembrances that come but once a year. We should remind fellow officers of another type of remembrance, one that will last a lifetime. Sooner or later, a doctor will pronounce us dead. It is inevitable. Regardless of whatever happens, death is the end we will all have to face.
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Jim Moore
New Orleans P.D., Retired

March 9, 2006

RIP and my prayers and thoughts are with your family

P/O Rowe

March 9, 2006

God bless to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Melchiondia. Thank you for your service, RIP.


March 9, 2006

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