’In our hearts everyday’: Honoring Kyle Plush 1 year later

It’s been a year since Kyle Plush died after being trapped in his minivan.

Honoring Kyle Plush 1 year later

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Kyle Plush was just 16-years-old when he died after being trapped in his 2004 Honda Odyssey.

The teen suffocated inside his minivan at a parking lot at Seven Hills School in Madisonville despite twice calling Cincinnati’s 911 center for help.

Kyle is being remembered for his unforgettable smile, enthusiasm, determined spirit, compassion for others, wit, and depth of knowledge on almost everything according to the For Kyle Plush Facebook page.

Since Kyle’s death several independent investigations have launched including one by Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters office which concluded no criminal charges would be filed in Kyle’s death.

Another report found much fault with the 911 dispatchers handling of the call and the police internal investigation into Kyle's death.

The initial call by Plush was made at 3:16 p.m., the first unit to respond was on the scene by 3:26 p.m., and the call was listed as closed by 3:37 p.m.

It wasn’t until 6 hours later that Kyle was found in his minivan by his father.

The city continues their efforts to try and make sure something like this doesn’t happen again, as Kyle’s parents push for change to try and prevent another family from having to go through what they’ve had to endure.

In the past year, changes to the 911 system have been made including the installation of Smart911.

It allows detailed emergency information like medical notes, emergency contacts and vehicle make and model to be automatically displayed to the operator when a call is made.

According to City Council Woman Amy Murray:

“The ECC has worked hard this past year to protect our community. They have implemented important new technologies such as Smart911, Text to 911, and numerous equipment upgrades. I’m confident their leadership and staff will continue improving to best serve Cincinnati.”

The Seven Hill School community is remembering Kyle as well and released this statement to Fox19 Now.

“As a school community, Kyle is in our hearts every day. There will be events and opportunities over the course of the day for our students, faculty, and staff to gather together to share memories and to celebrate Kyle’s life.”

Since Kyle’s death the Kyle Plush Answer the Call Foundation was also started.

Right now a prominent civil rights lawyer is investigating the death of Kyle.

Here’s the latest on that story.

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