Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Melvin Vincent Santiago

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, July 13, 2014

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Reflections for Detective Melvin Vincent Santiago

God bless you soul and we thank you for your service. Our prayers are always with your family.

Noel A Rodriguez
Grateful Citizen

July 14, 2021

Rest in heavenly peace

Mark Mottola

July 13, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 13, 2020

Rest In Peace brother , I remember reading about your death during my rookie year . I Still think about the ultimate sacrifice you made often . Thank you for your service Brother . We got the watch from here ...

Officer Jeff Wallace
D.C- Metropolitan Police Department

December 2, 2019

Think about you often Mel. Tomorrow we will do a the “SANTIAGO” CrossFit workout in your honor!

Ofc C.Manzo
Hudson County NJ

July 12, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 12, 2018

Rest IN Peace LOVE, Thank you for your services. Although I serve in a different city in New Jersey I’m born and raised and Jersey City and this story touched my heart

Newark Police Department

May 23, 2018

Thank you for your service. May you Rest in Peace.


December 8, 2017

Rest in peace my brother. Thank you for your service.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

July 13, 2017

I will always miss you and I love you Mel.

Joey DeFazio
Close Cousin

October 29, 2016

Melvin I will always miss you and I love you

Joey DeFazio
Close Cousin

October 29, 2016

We love you littler Melvin. Always in our thoughts and heart, grandaunt, Tity Carmen, and all the Santiago family.

Juanita Lopez,Grandaunt, Santiago family
The Santiago Family

November 6, 2015

You are missed Mel...

2650 MYM

Firefighter Brendon Sponheimer

October 26, 2015


Detective Dennis Pothos
Fort Lee, NJ Police Department

May 29, 2015

Detective, I am a member of Law Enforcement United and just recently rode in the 2015 Rode To Hope ride from Reading, PA to Washington D.C. in your honor. Your name has been added to my bicycle and I wear an honor band with your name on it everyday. You, your family (both blood and blue), and friends will forever be remembered. RIP 2650 and thank you for your service.

Ofc. Melissa Sugalski
Long Hill Twp. PD, NJ

May 26, 2015

I remember hearing the news of Officer Santiago's untimely passing and feeling more sadness than I can explain. Ever EOW across the nation hurts, but one in your home state just stings a little more.. As the one year anniversary of your passing approaches, you are remembered by thousands across the Garden State. Thank you for your service, 2650. You are not forgotten. Rest in Peace.

Trooper Youth Steven Hand
New Jersey State Police

April 23, 2015

Brother Santiago, I decided to re-read your story again today as I did several times last year when you passed. Once again, it brought tears to my eyes and once again I just can't make sense of why the world is the way it is. Why do we lose amazing, bright and extraordinary human beings like yourself....I hope you are resting well. We are all really really proud of you. Never had the honor of knowing you but greatness is unmistakable. Goodnight brother.

"It's not how these Officers died that made them heroes, it's how they LIVED."

Officer Gonzalez #3920
Prince George's County Police Department. , Maryland.

March 24, 2015

Hey Melvin - I met your baby brother just last night - he is a very nice young man. He had a ticket to witness the President's State of the Union Address at the US Capitol, and I had the golden chance opportunity to assist him and his escort. What a delight!

Only just this morning, however, did I become aware of his connection to you - Oh my goodness, how I wish I could go back in time to just squeeze his hand a little tighter in thanks for his sacrifice, to give him a hug of understanding from his Family in Blue, somehow express my deepest gratitude for him sharing you briefly with us!

Your baby brother is so handsome, probably has grown like a weed since you saw him last - in retrospect, its so clear why baby brother presented mature beyond his would be so proud of him, baby brother Santiago is proudly representing you big Brother! RIP

Kathryn Stillman, Lieut. (Retired)
US Capitol Police / Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms

January 21, 2015

RIP melvin you will be truly missed and always remembered as the hero you are!

Officer A.S.

December 30, 2014

I hope your resting well Mel...Your are missed...I see you soon brother!


December 20, 2014

We are residents of Hood River, OR. We didn't know this young man but mourn his death and loss as yet another reflection of our broken society. Each man and woman who serves in uniform with police departments across the country are as much our heroes as men and women serving in our military. I wish to extend our sincere condolences to Mr. Santiago's family, friends and fellow police.

Betty Osborne
A caring stranger

December 4, 2014

Melvin we love you and miss you at the west midnight tour. You will never be forgotten.

P.O. Arkadiusz Zylkiewicz 2809
Jersey City Police

October 25, 2014

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Melvin was killed.

To the Santiago family, fellow officers, and all who call Melvin beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Santiago gave to his community and the citizens of New Jersey, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on July 13, 2014.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 26, 2014

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice, it will never be forgotten. May God keep your family in His arms.

Special Agent #8268
US Homeland Security Investigations, Phoenix, AZ

September 16, 2014

Rest in peace my brother in blue. Your heroism and sacrifice will be remembered.

Ofc Chang
Burlington Police

September 5, 2014

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