Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Andrew Allen Widman

Fort Myers Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, July 18, 2008

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Reflections for Police Officer Andrew Allen Widman

I just wanted to drop a line and say hey. and I miss you buddy.

Stephen Chase

December 16, 2009

Officer Widman, rest in peace brother. Your loved ones remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Glades County Sheriffs Office

August 15, 2009

Early this morning, it’s been a year since you have been unfairly taken from your beloved family and many people who loved and treasured your friendship. You have touched a countless number lives in your short-lived 30 years; some lives, you don’t even know you touch – mine included. May God continue to Bless your magnificent family, friends, and the entire FMPD community. FMPD #413 – Gone… but NEVER forgotten.


July 18, 2009

On this day we remember. Thank you for your servants heart.

father of 311

July 18, 2009

To Officer Andrew Allen Widman, his family and his fellow officers with the Fort Myers Police Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Officer Widman’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Officer Widman and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

July 18, 2009

We all miss you so much Andy. I could repeat what your other friend's have said about how incredibly Susanna has come through this, or about your children and how much of you is reflected in their faces and their individual personalities, but what I keep thinking about today is how you are a constant reminder to me that a life lived wholly open to God is a successful life--even when its not fitting into the plan WE had for it. Jeremiah 29:11. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Roxanne daCorte
911 Dispatcher Clark County,WA & friend

July 18, 2009

I was in Washington DC all last week with your family for LEO week. Seeing your name on the wall, brings back the emotions. It really hits home since I have three children as well. It makes me and everyone else realize that family comes first. When I graduated from the academy, a good friend told me "God,Family then the Job" . Your family is doing OK. They all know that your looking down over them.


May 19, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Robert Margrander

May 12, 2009

Krystal and I were talking about my accident a couple of months ago. She asked me what the first thing I did, once I realized what was about to happen. I told here I went to reach for a picture and I looked at your ribbon I had pinned to my visor. While I was looking at it I asked for your help to get me through this. Andy I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for helping me make it through this. I will never forget you Andy....Never.

You know

April 28, 2009


Wanted to let you know that Tina and I saw Susanna and the kids yesterday, and they are all beautiful. You would be so proud of Susanna for how strong she is. When I look at the three little ones all I see is you, especially Samuel. Sylvia is just perfect. Sasha seams to have no fear in her. I know you are looking down on all of us, and I feel you with me every day that I am working. We all miss you Andy!

Deputy Robert Margrander

March 8, 2009

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

God bless you and all who mourn you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


February 28, 2009

Just wanting to say to the Widman family you are in my prayers. I was on patrol that night. I will never forget that night. I visit this web sight often. Just to reflect and honor the heros/ fallen brothers and sisters. I have lost a cousin in the line of duty (Orlando PD). Time moves on but we will never forget. God Bless.

Deputy Sheriff

February 21, 2009

Sylvia turned one this week and I wish you could have been here. She took four steps on her birthday and she was so proud. She had to stop walking just to clap about it. You were a great Father to our kids. You loved them just because they were yours and you were so proud. I miss you every day. I can't seem to match your zest for life, your quiet confidence, your strength. There is so much I will never understand, but that's okay with me. You taught me that you don't always need to understand, that's it's foolish to think we can anyway. There is a tension in me between joy and sadness, but I'm realizing that it doesn't always have to be one or the other. I am happy about so many things. I am blessed. You would be proud, and a little disbelieving I think, of all the law enforcement officers and people in the community who have helped me and will continue to help. I know you can see us from Heaven. I hope you are peaceful and joyful. Don't worry about us, we'll always remember you.

Susanna Widman

February 14, 2009

i got to play with, wrestle, and tape the mouth of a 13 foot gator the other day. I could picture you laughing yourself hysterically watching me play with this thing and help the backwoods gator hunter guy wrestle it out of the canal!


December 3, 2008

May God lay his healing hand upon the family and friends of Officer Widman and may they know he will never be forgotten. Thank you Officer Widman for your dedicated service to the people of Florida and the United States.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

October 18, 2008

My prayers and thoughts go out to the Widman family, the family of the Ft. Myers Police Dept. and all Law Enforcement. Officer Widman's death touched the community as a whole. The outpouring of the community was unprecedented.

For how Ofc. Widman lived, a minister, loving husband, father and faithful servant, not a perfect man, but one that strived daily to do good. With his untimely death and what we know about the man, I'd like to believe many will rethink their lives and in some way adopt some of Ofc. Widman's character for themselves. As we all know especially in law enforcement how quickly a life can end.

Being at the funeral in the standing room only, witnessing the number of folks standing on both sides of the road as the processional passed, I doubt I will ever see again in my lifetime. I know he's in heaven with the other fallen hero's looking down upon the brotherhood of law enforcement.

Donna Tomassoni
Former dispatcher LCSO Lee County Fl

October 4, 2008

I just happened to review your department's site, to find a phone number when I stumbled onto the above story. I have been with my agnecy for 23 years, and have two children of my own. The pain in my heart from looking at Andrew's photo will be with me throughout the day, but his memory will stay forever. Gods Speed my brother.

Det. Scott C. Park
Merrimack NH Police Dept.

October 2, 2008

To those who loved Officer Widman, my heart goes to you all. Know that you're not alone in this journey you walk. I lost my fiance in the line of duty January 2003 and my world was forever changed. It's been a long hard road, and even as time as gone forward, and I've found many reasons and ways to smile, I still have not forgotten the man that he was. Dennis was a beautiful person and he forever has a part of my heart, just as I'm sure Andrew will always be a part of yours.

It takes a special person to put their lives on the line everyday to make this world a little safer for us all. I know many of these men never would've thought of themselves as "heroes" but they were in so many ways. It's sad that it they had to lose their lives for some of us to see that. Having said that, thank you Officer Widman for helping to make this world a better place. You will not be forgotten here in Winnipeg. I know this isn't a very manly thing to do, but if you happen to run into Dennis up there, please give him a big hug for the kids and I. Dennis was a good man and we miss him more than words can say.

Wishing those who loved you brighter and better days,


"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

September 26, 2008

To the family and friends of Officer Andrew Widman and to his fellow officers, and most especially to Andrew:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to extend condolences for the grievous loss you suffered when Andrew so tragically lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

May you be continue to be comforted by the support and caring of your law enforcement family, and other police survivors. We grieve for you and with you.

Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are experiencing. We know the meaning of lives forever changed because those bullets didn't just kill our beloved officers, but killed a part of everyone who loved them so dearly.

Rest in Peace, Andrew. May your spirit continue to soar and your memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Andrew gave to his community and the citizens of Florida, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on July 18, 2008.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 21, 2008



September 4, 2008

Keep watch over your loved ones who struggle to face each day as it dawns without you. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 31, 2008

Thank you for your service.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

August 12, 2008

Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Police Officer Andrew Widman,

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of Police Officer Andrew Widman. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support during this very difficult time. We know that sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement for support. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Police Officer Andrew Widman is a hero.


Alissa Scott
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-04

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network


August 9, 2008

My thoughts & prayers are with you. Rest Easy.

Cindy, Arkansas
Sister of slain Officer Randy Basnett, eow 9-24-1976

August 9, 2008

I never knew you, but there is no doubt that you were a great officer, father and husband. To read the stories above about your work ethic and moral conduct, makes me realize even more how unique a profession police work is these days. Your family can hold up their heads high, brother, because you did it right... and made all of us in uniform proud.
My deepest condolences to your family.

Corporal Rob Colwell
Greenville SC Police Dept.

August 6, 2008

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