Injured wildlife officer transferred out of hospital
Cincinnati — After a 39-day stay in the University of Cincinnati hospital following being shot in the abdomen, Ohio Division of Wildlife officer Kevin Behr was transferred several days ago to a rehabilitation facility.
Behr was shot on Dec. 20 – the last day of Ohio’s so-called bonus two-day firearms deer-hunting season – while participating in an anti-deer-poaching assignment in Clinton County.
The 25-year Division of Wildlife veteran was then life-flighted to the Cincinnati hospital. There he remained hospitalized, which included a lengthy period in intensive care, and underwent multiple surgeries.
In a Facebook posting Jan. 27, Behr’s wife, Kathy Garza-Behr – herself a wildlife division employee – and Behr’s sister stated “Goodbye UC! Kevin got the best care in the nation while at UC!
“After 39 days he made his trip to rehab! Arriving by helicopter back in December, last night he got an escort surrounded by the glow of cruiser lights.
“He starts his long journey home now and couldn’t have done it without your love, prayers, and support. Endless thanks from the Garza-Behr families.”
The escort was proceeded by a contingent of about two dozen local and Ohio DNR law enforcement vehicles that were assembled in the hospital’s parking lot, overlooked by Behr’s room. The various cruisers’ lighting systems were illuminated.
A scene of people waving to Behr with him waving back was also posted on the social media site.
For much more on this story, pick up a copy of the Feb. 12 print edition of Ohio Outdoor News.