Tuesday, November 19, 2019

FWC Officer Kyle Plussa, a Friend to Owl Watch Marco, Injured in Crash


Officer Kyle Plussa is no stranger to the volunteers and monitors for Owl Watch Marco.

Officer Plussa is well known for his passion for the protected species of Marco Island. He is Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) go-to-officer for the burrowing owls, gopher tortoises, sea turtles, manatees and nesting shorebirds.

Officer Kyle Plussa bands black skimmers at Sand Dollar Island.

Officer Plussa was involved in a terrible traffic accident when the U-Haul truck he was driving was hit head-on by a truck that jumped the median. He is being treated at the Lee Memorial Hospital trauma unit and was placed on a medically induced coma for his head injury. His colleagues and friends from FWC and from the Fort Myers Police Department have been at his side rallying for a positive outcome.

Officer Plussa is currently listed as stable, but remains in critical condition. On the brighter side, he is continuously making progress in his recovery. He is now breathing on his own without the need of a ventilator. He is purposefully moving his arms and legs more and more every day without assistance. While still in a coma, his eyes and facial expressions have seemed to be more active. The nurses even saw him briefly open his eyes. Officer Plussa has also been observed squeezing his fiancé’s hand when he hears her voice. Most importantly, he has only moved forward, never backward.

Brain injuries take a lot of time to heal. Officer Plussa’s family is looking into the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, which specializes in brain injuries and will assist with the rehabilitation process when Kyle wakes up.

Fundraiser for Officer Kyle Plussa

Officer Kyle Plussa’s family is very thankful for the overwhelming support and love they have received from the community. A fundraiser at the Texas Roadhouse in Fort Myers is planned for Monday, August 20 at 4 PM. The Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of all the proceeds to Kyle Plussa and his family. Everyone is invited to come out, have a great meal, and show your support.

GoFundMe

Officer Kyle Plussa’s friends have started a GoFundMe page to help Kyle and his family with the cost of medical expenses. Please visit the page (www.gofundme.com/fwc-officer-kyle-plussa) and consider making a donation.







 

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