Riverview woman leaves tribute to fallen Tampa police officers where they died

TAMPA — Robin Mattson drove by the spot where two police officers were shot to death this week and thought something wasn't right.

All she saw was grass.

Something should be there, she thought, a tribute reminding people what the police do for us every day.

So late Thursday morning the 53-year-old Riverview woman drove to 50th Street and E 23rd Avenue and placed two wreaths with red, white and blue flowers on the roadside where David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab were killed.

Each wreath had a banner draped across the front reading, "Some gave all."

Tears welled in her eyes as she spoke of putting up the memorial.

"I just want to let them know in some small way that we appreciate what they do," Mattson said. "We take that for granted. We don't say thank you enough."

Across 50th Street, dozens of law enforcement agents mustered in a parking lot being used as the command post for the manhunt.

"I thought this might bring a visual reminder that we're not all bad guys out here," Mattson added.

Mattson, who wore red, white, and blue and an "American the Beautiful" T-shirt, has numerous friends in law enforcement and relatives in the military.

She said the killings have consumed her. She's been glued to radio, TV and newspaper coverage.

"It's been in my mind and in my heart for days," she said. "You know, this could have been my kids. It's just senseless … to think that somebody could do something like that."

"We're looking forward to the headline 'We got him,' " she said.

Riverview woman leaves tribute to fallen Tampa police officers where they died 07/01/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 1, 2010 6:08pm]

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