Name : Melchionna, Michael 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 3148 Command: Transit District 1
Date of Death: 1970-02-28   Cause of Death: Shot-Investigation
 Officer Melchiona was shot and killed during a foot pursuit. He was on foot patrol when he encountered a suspect in the bathroom at IRT station at 50th and Broadway. When he asked for identification the man pulled out a handgun and disarmed Officer Melchiona. The suspect then fled with Officer Melchiona in pursuit. During the chase the suspect fired at Officer Melchiona, fatally wounding him. Other officers who responded to the scene shot and killed the suspect in a shootout.

Officer Melchiona had been with the NYC Transit Police for four years. He was 29 years old.
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Comments from Friends    
Mike was my uncle and for the record, he was really just a great uncle and really just a "great guy". He and my other uncle, his brother Henry also an NY Transt Cop, are a major reason why I became a cop.
— Don Jr.

My uncle, PO Donald Endonino was the other officer wounded during this incident after shooting and wounding the offender. He passed away on 09/27/04 after being retired in from his injuries in 1972.
— Sgt. Mike Gunther

Although I never knew my Uncle Mike, I have heard many stories about him and can only imagine how good of man he was. I am visting NYC this weekend and can not wait to see the memorial to fallen police officers of NYC.
— Laura

On the date of this tragic incident, I was driving a taxi and had parked my cab by the Taft Hotel on 52nd Street & 7th Ave., hoping to get a fare to the airport, when I looked across the street and saw this tall, middle age, gray hair white male, wearing a long, salt and pepper coat looking over his shoulder as he ran across from the Broadway side towards 7th. Avenue, as if he were being chased by someone. He then got into the taxi in front of my cab, and that's when I saw Transit Police Officer Michael Melchionna and a male civilian across the street from where I saw this man running from. The officer and the civilian were yelling at the cab driver in front of me not to drive off. I then heard gun fire and saw Officer Melchionna shot in the head. The cab driver in front of me took cover underneath the dashboard of his cab, as 3 NYPD officers surrounded his cab, and began firing at the man who had just shot officer Melchionna. This happened before I was a Port Authority police officer and NYPD police officer. I wrote about this incident as I wrote about the many incidents I experinced while a police officer in the concrete jungle of the naked city, in my novel, "The Bluewall: The last heartbeat." concerning the murder of Police Officer Andrew Glover and Sgt. Frederick Reddy, from the 9th Pct., on Manhattan's Lower East Side. I was also on the scene where Police Officer Edward Fogel was shot and killed on the Harlem River Drive in 1979. Please visit my Web site
— Joe Sanchez Picon

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 20, 2006, 10:08 am

Through the NYPD Columbia Association, I have had the honor to get to know the Melchionna family , in fact one of the Medals of Valor are in P.O. Michael Melchionna's Honor. Listening to the familiy's sorrow melts your heart. There is not a dry eye in the audience when his brother Hank (also a Police Officer) speaks about his brother's ultimate sacrifice. Though time passes us by the pain still remains. We must never forget our fallen heroes and their families.
— Det. John D'Onofrio
Posted: December 15, 2006, 11:02 am

I never met PO. Melchionna but I did meet his brother after I got on the job.My Father Walter Holborow worked with Michel, and my dad loved him. Michael's picture has been on my wall since his death. My father has passed on and is now with Michael in heaven. I have Michael's picture on my wall now next to my Dad's and every anniversary date of his death I honor him and I light a candle in his honor.
— Lawrence Holborow
Posted: April 4, 2007, 11:54 pm

Mike, I can't believe it is 40 yrs. since you made that ultimate sacrifice. I was only a "Rookie" with only 11 months OTJ. You and all the others who "gave all" for the city of NY will never be forgotten. We will be going to a mass for you on your 40th Anniversary 2/28/10, Thanks to you brother Henry. Many of your friends will be there. Rest in peace.
— Louis Hollander
Posted: February 3, 2010, 10:44 am

I had the privilege of working with Mike in District 1, I was the homepost patrolman on the PM's and I knew Mike very well. In addition I was the PBA Trustee and subsequently the Vice-President. Mike was a dear friend, a great guy and good cop. He will always be remembered by me.
— Floyd Holloway Sr
Posted: February 3, 2010, 1:52 pm

So many years, so many good men and women. My Dad Det. Anthony Langone and my uncle Lt. Jerry Alfieri both knew Mike. I came on after his death but knew his brother. MIke, my dad and uncle are all standing in a different roll call now but still watching over the rest of the people out there doing the job for a thankless mob. Rest in peace Mike. Tom Langone Ret'd Florida
— Tom Langone
Posted: February 3, 2010, 2:12 pm

To Mikes family, God sent an Angel to earth and named him Michael ( in honor of of HIS Arch Angel Michael)and dressed him in blue to protect the meek of NYC.Though Mike was put on this Earth for a short while, God called him home and when Mike stood before God I Know God said ,Mike you went beyond the call of duty and now I would like you to patrol the streets of Heaven for you are deserving of it. Mike you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Brother
— Eddie Vetter
Posted: February 4, 2010, 10:10 am

42 years ago today, our family received the devastating news that you were killed in the line of duty. Uncle Mike I will always remember you as a kind, caring, loving person who accepted Aunt Shirls family as his own. You made us laugh with your funny antics and sense of humor. You are missed. Gone but never forgotten!
— Carol
Posted: February 29, 2012, 10:28 am

I was one of the catching NYPD Detectives on this case. Det. Howard Fitzpatrick was the case Detective also assited by Detectives Thomas Hallinan, Irwin Silverman and the late Allen D. Grant. Ptl. Melchiona's unarmed pursuit of John Giragosian was an act of great courage equalled by 18th Pct Ptl. Don Endinino's dash encumbered by a heavy winter overcoat. He leapt on to the trunk of the medallion cab that Giragosian was attmpting to escape in and engaged him in a gun battle at a distance of less than 3 feet between them. Don actually slayed the perp. The same overcoat that made his run difficult probably saved his larynx. I ws there when a surgeon in St. Clare's pulled out three concentric circles the overcoat's Pershing collar (outside, inside and liner). Probably slowed that .38 Supervel bullet just enough. RIP to both.
— Joseph J Gannon
Posted: May 2, 2012, 4:45 pm

Mike I did not know you but knew all about you thanks to Mike Mazziotti. Years in the future Vinny Demarino and Fluffy made sure every Transit cop knew your and every other MOF who passed in the line of duty's story. You died a dedicated professional and will always be remembered as one . Rest in Peace Mike
— Tommy
Posted: February 28, 2013, 6:20 am

Today myself, DI Ray Porteus, Commanding Officer, Transit District One, and members of District One conducted a moment of silence at the 50th Street/Broadway subway station in remembrance of Patrolman Michael Melchonia who died 43 years ago. Officer Melchonia will never be forgotten. I spoke to Hank, Michael's brother today and he was greatful his brother has not been forgotten. Fidelis ad Mortem (Faithful unto Death)
— Deputy Inspector Raymond Porteus
Posted: February 28, 2013, 8:40 pm

Henry's sister Gerri visited me at Ft Dix at the same time Henry was in basic training at Fort Dix. I was very distressed to hear of his families tragic loss. I often think of him and his family 43 years alter. RIP.
— Vic LaDagana
Posted: July 19, 2013, 5:54 pm

Members of Transit District One will be holding a moment of silence in memory and honor of Officer Michael Melchiona at the 50th St subway station on February 28, 2014 at 0900 hours. All are welcome to come. Hank Melchiona, Michael's brother and retired Transit Police Officer, will be present as well.
— Deputy Inspector Ray Porteus
Posted: February 20, 2014, 9:16 pm

Ptl Melchionna, yourself and your era of cops could never be replaced. There are many out there that try to imitate you and the others but its never going to happen. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Mike.
— Tommy
Posted: February 28, 2014, 3:35 am

Michael we continue to pray for you. Your transit Brothers will never forget you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: February 24, 2015, 5:00 am



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