ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando police officer who was shot in the head in 2018 is beginning to show signs of improvement, according to his family.
Officer Kevin Valencia’s wife Meghan Valencia said that a few days ago he began interacting with her by rubbing her hand and giving her a kiss.
“She asks that we continue to keep Kevin and the family in our prayers,” the Orlando Police Department said in a statement.
Valencia suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was shot in the head during a hostage situation.
On Tuesday, Valencia was officially retired. His fellow officers applauded his wife after she accepted his retirement plaque and city proclamation.
Valencia was also presented with a plaque naming him an honorary K-9 handler. Before the incident, Valencia said he was interested in becoming a K-9 handler. He also received a Purple Heart.
In March, Valencia received a full disability pension from the Orlando Police Department, providing him and his family with money for the rest of their lives.
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