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Trooper Philip C. Melley

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, November 3, 1957

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Reflections for Trooper Philip C. Melley

Rest in peace Trooper Melley.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 11, 2019

I was 14 years old when I learned about Phillip from my mother, Florence Gallagher, who was a first cousin.

Rest in peace. My Mom never forgot and I haven't either.

Ed Justice
2nd cousin

May 1, 2019

Trooper Kelley you died before I was born you were my cousin my mother who has now passed away had told me all about you I so wish I could of known you but all I’ve read and heard I feel proud to be a family member I thank you for your committed service and giving your life for a job you loved flying high with the angels I look forward to a day when I meet you in the mansion in the sky and see the rest of our family

Star krawford daughter of Miriam gallagh

April 28, 2019

Trooper Melley,
On today, the 61st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of the state of Pennsylvania. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 3, 2018

Trooper Philip Melley was my mother's (Susan (O'Malley) O'Donnell first cousin. She often spoke about his death in 1957 with my brother & sisters. I am planning a trip to Summit Hill, PA this spring (2017) to visit and gather information for my O'Malley family and try to find the FOP Lodge 65.

Susan (O'Donnell) Grahl
2nd Cousin of Trooper Philip Melley

February 12, 2017

Kid should have gotten a harsher punishment. I get that at the time, I think that 1st degree murder carried a mandatory death penalty and they were likely reluctant to send a 16 year old to the chair but still, 8-20 years isn't much for murdering a cop. Sounds more appropriate for manslaughter of a cop.



October 24, 2016

A Hero in Heaven now and forever to be remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand - PA C.O.P.S.
Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand E.O.W. 9/14/2008

November 3, 2014

On the anniversary of your death, your sacrifice is still remembered some 57 years later. Rest easy, sir. Thank you for putting it on the line for your brothers.

Retired K9 Sergeant

November 3, 2014

I have to ask..."Why was this so called juvenile sentenced to only 8-20 years in prison?" He should have been given a life sentence. My father John D. Zechman worked for and with the PA State Police for at least 38 years as well as the Army/Army National Guard. He is currently the Chief of Police in Mercersburg, PA. All I can say is that this article brings me to tears. How could anyone, especially a 16 year old take the life of someone who was doing his duty to protect and serve. To see that this 16 year old was only sentenced to 8-20 years is ridiculous. I honestly believe that his case should be reevaluated and that this so called boy can receive the sentence he deserves, Life in Prison + 100 years!

Kimberly Zechman-Webster
I.T. W.O.R.K.S.

July 24, 2014

The local PSP FOP Lodge #65 was named in your honor and each year on May 2 at Troop L Headquarters your name, EOW, and the story of your last assignment is proudly read aloud for all present to remember you and your sacrifice. We will never forget your service. Rest well, soldier of the law.

PA State Police

May 25, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 54th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

November 3, 2011

Here we are one year later remembering and honoring you as always. You will always be remembered for your sacrifice and may you always rest in peace.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

November 3, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 31, 2007

On this 49th anniversary of your untimely departure, I would like to say thank you and let you know that you are never forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

November 3, 2006

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

November 3, 2004

You will never be forgotten for your bravery. REST IN PEACE


May 27, 2004

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