Published: Jul 01, 2010 7:56 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 01, 2010 5:06 PM EDT

Susanna Widman, the widow of a Fort Myers Police officer killed in the line of duty issued a statement Thursday regarding the shooting of 2 Tampa Police officers.  In July 2008, her husband, Fort Myers police officer Andrew Widman was killed responding to a domestic dispute.

“There is nothing I can say that will make the Curtis and Kocab families feel better. I wish I could ease their pain but that is something only God can accomplish. My heart goes out to them as they have a difficult time ahead. Their children will have questions that no parent should ever have to answer. Criminals are falling through the cracks of the judicial system. It seems to me that the deaths of these officers, including my own husband, were avoidable; in that there should be programs in place so that the court systems do not release violent criminals onto the streets.  The life of an officer is a courageous one. They understand what we often forget: that they are called to serve and protect and that even a routine traffic stop may cost them their life.  We should all be grateful to our law enforcement community and thank them at every opportunity for the sacrifices they make. What happened in Tampa is a horrible reminder of what our officers face every day to protect us. I pray for the families of the victims. I hope they know their husbands are heroes. And I hope the shooter will be apprehended quickly without further loss of life."

- Susanna Widman