Car dealer steps up for officer Libke's widow

Car dealer steps up for officer Libke's widow

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Posted on July 3, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 6:47 AM

PORTLAND – An Oregon City police officer’s widow got a heart-warming surprise from a local business.

Back in November, Officer Robert Libke was shot and killed while responding to a house fire. He left behind a pregnant wife, and they still had payments to make on his car and her truck.

Background: Officer Libke, shot in Ore. City house fire, dies

Wendy Libke has been struggling with money since then, and when Oregon City Police Chief Jim Band tried to help Wendy get out of her lease, the dealership wouldn't budge.

That's when a different dealership, Town and Country Honda of Gladstone, stepped in and took care of everything. They paid for the rest of Wendy’s lease for the car, (pictured at right) at a significant loss.

“I say, ‘Hey, it's a good cause,’” Town and County owner Ralph Martinez told KGW. “We have a great relationship with police in this area and we just thought it was the right thing to do. It touched our hearts.”

Band thanked the dealership publicly on behalf of the Oregon City Police Department.

“I know they're losing several thousand dollars in doing it,” he said. “They're just doing it out of the kindness of their hearts.”

Without her car payment to worry about, Wendy can afford to keep Rob’s truck, which she said is a much safer option for her and baby Ziva, who was born in February.

More: Wife of slain officer Libke gives birth to baby girl

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