Wife of slain St. Petersburg officer makes major life-changing annoucement only on ABC Action News

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Lorraine Yaslowitz lost her husband, Jeff, in the line of duty in 2011.

The canine officer was killed in an ambush as he tried to serve a warrant.

Now she's taking a step she never thought she would by getting remarried in May.

"I knew God did this. It is one of God's divine hands," said Yaslowitz.

And with that Yaslowitz, showed ABC Action News her engagement ring and also introduced her fiancé, Jim Marino.

The pair will exchange vows at the Tea Garden at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club.

It's a special place for Yaslowitz.  Six months after her husband died, she stayed here as a gift from friends. Looking down from her balcony on that visit, she was struck by a thought.

"I remember that profound moment where I was like maybe God has someone else for me but then it got shooed away," said Yaslowitz.

A year later Marino walked into her life, but it would take months before he earned her heart. She had been married for 18 years when her husband died.

"I knew that I would heal and would be OK, but I never thought I would be able to be as lucky or blessed with another man," said Yaslowitz.

The couple met through their daughters’ gymnastics team, and now they will blend their families.

"I had no intentions of ever getting married again. I had an eight year plan. I was down here from my children and then moving back to New Jersey, where I am from," said Marino.

But both believe God had other plans, and with a touch of irony. Marino was an officer with the sheriff's office in New Jersey. He was forced to retire after being injured in the line of duty after an altercation with an inmate.

"I honestly think it is Jeff and God speaking and saying his past has something to do with your future and you are to be together," said Yaslowitz.

And Yaslowitz said  together they will keep Jeff's legacy alive as they prepare for her third annual Partners for Life Run in September, a race ABC Action News has proudly sponsored since its inception.

"We are so thankful to you all because we would not have a race without you it seemed natural to let you know our big news," said Yaslowitz.

She and Marino both want the community to embrace their union as a message of hope and faith.

"I was drawn to her because of her incredible faith and how strong she is with everything she has been through, and she still always remains positive," said Marino.

"We want people to know that this is one of those things that only God can make happen," said Yaslowitz.

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