Melton’s relative opens up about the man behind the badge

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A metro man who was once married into the Melton family opened up Wednesday afternoon about Capt. Dave Melton and who he was outside of his resume.

Bob Conchola didn’t know at first that Tuesday’s breaking news would hit so close to home. “My wife had actually called me and said, ‘Hey, did you see where a KCK policeman got shot?’ and I said, ‘No.’ I saw his name and I said, ‘Oh my gosh.’”

Conchola used to be married to Melton’s sister.

“It’s just a horrible feeling every day wondering, every time you hear something in the news, if it’s going to be your relative.”

When he learned about Melton Tuesday, Conchola called his son, who is Melton’s nephew.

“I asked him if he’d heard about his Uncle David and he said, ‘No, what?’ I told what had happened, and he said, ‘Dad, please tell me you’re pulling my leg.’ And I said, ‘No, I’m sorry, son. I’m not.’”

Conchola remembers the KCK Police captain killed in the line of duty as the little boy running around when he and his sister were first married.

“He was one of the little brothers-in-law. He was six when I met him. He was just growing up.”

Conchola said Melton grew up into a man who served until his final moments.

"He wouldn’t have asked his men to do anything he wouldn’t have done, and I’m sure that’s why he answered that call."

46-year-old Captain Robert "Dave" Melton was a 17-year veteran of the Kansas City, Kan. Police Department. The Kansas City Kansas Community College alum retired from the Kansas Army National Guard after 26 years of service and deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Melton also worked for the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office. While those are great accomplishments, those who knew Melton say he was so much more than his resume. The father of two had a baby on the way; his girlfriend is three and a half months along.

“It’s sad that that child will never know his or her father,” Conchola said.

Melton is a father who won’t come home, a brother who will never respond to another call, and a man already so deeply missed.

“It’s just a horrible feeling. There’s a hole in my heart because I knew him,” Conchola said.