Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corrections Officer Melissa M. France

Oswego County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch Monday, January 17, 2022

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Reflections for Corrections Officer Melissa M. France

Melissa I'm so so sorry to have found out you passed away!! Girl we went through Basic Training and was Stationed on The USS T Roosevelt CVN 71 together with Nayda Reyes. I can't believe you are gone in the flesh. May God Rest your Soul and to Bless your Daughter..

Navy Veteran Keeshawna Smith

June 1, 2023

Officer France,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain

Pittsburgh PD

March 20, 2022

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whose blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

February 22, 2022

RIP Sister, we will take the watch from here. God bless you , we will never forget you.

Major Chirichello, Louis
Lancaster co, prison , pa

February 14, 2022

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

"Forged By The Sea"

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

February 3, 2022

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office offers our heartfelt sympathy to your entire department and to the family of Corrections Officer Mellissa France.
~Sheriff Brad Swain, deputies & staff

Liane Johnson, #53-66
Monroe County Sheriff's Office

February 1, 2022

Rest in eternal Peace, good and faithful public servant.
God has already reserved a special place for our peacemakers.
Please continue your careful and diligent watch over us.
When Law Enforcement perishes, a proud and caring nation mourns.
Thank you for your heroic sacrifice!
Thank you for your selfless service!
Thank you for your guardian protection!

Our prayers to the family and department.

Charles F. Holloway, Jr.
Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
Elizabethtown Police Department

January 28, 2022

Praying for family and friends of Officer France. I am sorry for your loss.

Wife of Lt. Kevin Clyde Mainhart EOW 5/11/2017

January 26, 2022

Rest in peace, Officer France. Thank you for your service.

May God comfort your family, friends, and fellow officers at this difficult time.

God bless and protect the Thin Blue Line that protects us all.

Private Citizen Kathryn Felts
Mother of & Family Member of Law Enforcement

January 26, 2022

To the family, friends and coworkers of Corrections Officer Melissa France; I am terribly sorry for your loss. May God watch over you all during this horrible time. God's Speed Melissa!!!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

January 23, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Corrections Officer Melissa France. I am truly sorry for your loss. Your loved one had a heart for service to her community and to this country. Corrections Officer France will be remembered.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

January 23, 2022

Rest, sister.

Sgt. Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

January 23, 2022

Rest In Peace sister. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and department during this tragic time. Matthew 5:9

Lieutenant Don Barton
Garden City PD, MI

January 22, 2022

RIP Corrections Officer France. Thank you for your service to themCountry and the citizens of Oswego County

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

January 22, 2022

Officer France, for many years, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. It took a small virus to take your life. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

January 22, 2022

My deepest condolences to the daughter of Corrections Officer Melissa France, and to her extended family at the Oswego County Sheriff's Office. May Melissa's soul forever rest peacefully in Heaven.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

January 22, 2022

Our friend and sister rest easy. We have the watch from here.

Sergeant Joseph Taylor
Oswego County Sheriff’s

January 22, 2022

Rest in Paradise Sister Officer. Prayers for your family and co-workers. Thank you for your service.

M/Sgt retired Lisa Ditzler
Illinois State Police D-16

January 21, 2022

France, you are going to be greatly missed. It's going to be extremely difficult to walk through that gate each day knowing that you will not be there. That you won't be there to crack some sort of joke to make us all laugh.

You always worked so hard to get our department involved in the community. You even set up a jail cell outside with the wind whipping off the lake, for the Trunk or Treat, just to give the public a glimpse of what we do as Correctional Officers. You have touched so many people by all the activities you accomplished. I promise you that we will continue on with those traditions that you have started. I just hope that we can make you proud.

We started this journey together 10 years ago in our academy and now we have to figure out how to carry on this journey without you. You were never afraid to hold my feet to the fire and keep me accountable. You made me a better officer. Watch over us and protect us until we see each other again.

Rest easy Melissa "Paris" France #0002 we have the watch from here.

Lt. Brent Bartlett
Oswego County Sheriff's Office
Corrections Division
Matthew 5:9

January 21, 2022

deepest condolences to the officer's family and friends

Randal Glenn
Canada Border Services Officer retired

January 21, 2022

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Sister and Hero in Corrections Officer Melissa M. France. I believe our Heavenly Father has welcomed her home into his loving arms where she will now patrol the Golden Streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver Blessings, Comfort and Peace to her Family, Friends and all Members of the Oswego County Sheriff's Office, New York.

Retired, T W Martinez
FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

January 21, 2022

Officer France,
Thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

January 21, 2022

Rest in peace Sister.....My thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of your agency during this most difficult and tragic time.....

LT. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

January 21, 2022

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr.
Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (ASAC)
New York Field Office
Federal Air Marshal Service

January 21, 2022

Rest in Peace CO France.

Civilian Devonta Crawford
Broome County NY (Civilian)

January 21, 2022

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