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Friends remember slain police officer from Toledo

Widman's former coach and friend Dennis Rabb. Widman's former coach and friend Dennis Rabb.
Toledo Christian High School's Principal Drew Popejoy Toledo Christian High School's Principal Drew Popejoy
High school photo of Widman. High school photo of Widman.

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TOLEDO (WTOL) -30-year-old Andrew Widman was a police officer in Fort Myers, Florida. He was shot and killed during a domestic disturbance early Friday morning.

Widman was also a 1996 Toledo Christian High School graduate and Widman made quite an impression on a good number of people, as did his family, at Toledo Christian.

His mom and dad still live on River Road and sources tell WTOL they were on vacation when their son was killed. Widman has younger siblings that attended Toledo Christian, too.

Teachers say Andy will be missed by the community.

Widman's former coach and friend Dennis Rabb says he's "Deeply saddened how sudden something like that can happen."

Rabb says he is thinking about Andy's family and his wife. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

In addition to running in high school, Widman was a National Honor Society Officer and was voted "most encouraging".

After high school, his interest in religion continued.

"He went to seminary in Boston and I teach bible so we'd talk about the bible and politics,  spiritual things," says Rabb.

And Widman was a part of missionary work as well.

"Numerous times he would go on summer short-term trips and even longer trips to Africa and elsewhere," says Rabb.

Toledo Christian High School's Principal Drew Popejoy remembers Widman.

"Andy was one of those kids who I remember was fun-loving, very enjoyable. Every teacher loved to have him in class."

Popejoy tells WTOL members of Toledo Christian are a close group, a family, and there's a feeling of great loss with Widman's death.

"When one member is hurting, we're all hurting, so I know there's a lot of heavy hearts right now in the Toledo area as this news gets out," says Popejoy.

"It's good that we have a hope in the Lord. I have no doubt Andy had a deep faith and I'm confident we'll see him again," says Rabb.


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