As the community attempts to deal with the news of Leechburg Police Chief Michael Diebold, his wife openly shared her feelings through a statement emailed to media on Sunday evening.
The statement was emailed by Teresa Edinger. She is the sister of Danielle Reinke DIebold
The following is the emailed statement:
“They say God will never give you more than you can handle, but he did this time. I have never hurt so bad in all my life. I don’t know how to pick up all these broken pieces and find a way to put them back together and go on with my life, but I have to try to find a way for my children. Our lives have been completely shattered.
“I am broken, devastated, humiliated, and I was completely blindsided. He was the first man ever in my life who never made me question, never gave me a gut feeling, never a bad instinct or sign and we were even in the process of planning to extend our family. This is not who we knew. We knew a loving, caring father and husband and we are grieving the loss of that man.
“On the other hand, we are dealing with the raw emotions of having someone you loved and admired be charged with committing a terrible crime. I feel like they are two different people — but they are not.
“I will never find the right words to say but I want to say I am truly so sorry to everyone out there including any minor that may have been involved, our community, family and friends.”
The Diebolds were said to be high school sweethearts and were married on July 12, 2017, just three weeks after the fireworks accident that blew off Michael’s arm. The couple has an infant son.