ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - An Orlando police officer who was critically injured in the line of duty is now back in Orlando.
Officer Kevin Valencia returned to Florida on Wednesday. Valencia was shot in a standoff last year and has been receiving treatment at a rehabilitation facility in Atlanta. He was placed in a coma after being shot in the head during that altercation.
Officer Kevin Valencia has safely arrived! Members of our department gathered to welcome Kevin and his family as they continue on his long road to recovery. pic.twitter.com/8H12EsNIzs— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) February 13, 2019
"I am thankful that you have all kept Officer Valencia and his family in your thoughts. I am saddened to say that his condition remains unchanged," said OPD spokesman Sgt. Eduardo Bernal. "We remain committed to helping Meghan and the Valencia family during this incredibly difficult time."
We talked with Officer Valencia's wife, Meghan Valencia, who says that, although Kevin is still in a coma, it's time for him to come home.
"I'm hoping bringing him back to Orlando and having him around his kids, family and friends will give his body the motivation to come out of it," she said.
Officer Valencia was escorted by our Motors division and taken to an area medical facility. We continue to pray for his recovery and the entire Valencia family. We also would like to thank the community for the compassion and support you have shown for them. #forevergrateful pic.twitter.com/wGDpBtZT1G— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) February 13, 2019
Valencia will be transferred to an undisclosed medical facility, according to a police spokesman.