Recovered from bullet wounds, FWC officer back at work
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Media contact: Officer Lenny Salberg, 352-427-6728
After more than a year of intense and sometimes
painful rehabilitation, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) Officer Vann Streety is back to work doing what he
loves - patrolling the woods and waters of the state. Streety
was shot multiple times on July 15, 2009, while patrolling in a
wooded, rural area in Brevard County locally known for poaching,
illegal dumping and trespassing.
The man accused of shooting him is in the Brevard
County jail awaiting trial for first-degree attempted murder of a
law enforcement officer.
"Not returning to work in law enforcement was never
really a consideration for me because this is what I do. It is my
passion," Streety said.
"The road to recovery has been long and arduous at
times, but regaining the use and strength in my shattered arm and
hand was paramount in whether I returned to work with no
restrictions or to limited duty," Streety said of his rehab and
decision to return to his job as an FWC law enforcement officer.
"The latter of those two outcomes was unacceptable to me, and
through hard work, the professionalism and talent of my physicians
and therapists, and God's grace, I am returning to duty with no
It all started about 8 p.m. on that ill-fated night
last year while Streety patrolled along a dirt road in an isolated
area in Brevard County. Streety had stopped a vehicle driven by
Christopher Eddy, then 23, near the intersection of Satellite
Boulevard and State Road 520.
After learning Eddy was wanted on a warrant,
Streety attempted to arrest him, and Eddy opened fire.
Streety was struck in the hand, left arm and several times in the
back of his bullet-resistant vest and badge wallet. The bullet
pierced the wallet, but a challenge coin Streety kept with him at
all times stopped it.
He spent two weeks in the hospital before beginning
the long rehabilitation process.
"We are happy to have Vann back at work," said Col.
Jim Brown, director of the FWC's Division of Law Enforcement. "But,
more importantly, we are glad that he has recovered and is healthy