A 74-year-old Florida man was tragically killed during Hurricane Ian just shortly after posting he was frightened about the storm on Facebook, according to CNN.
Mitch Pacyna, known affectionately as “The Mayor of Fort Myers Beach,” was killed during the storm as he and his wife were trying to escape to higher ground, CNN reported.
Pacyna and his wife, Mary Wojciechowski, had lived in Florida for 27 years and thought the hurricane would be just like the others they’d experienced, his daughter, Michelle Schuline, told CNN. Pacyna had made several Facebook updates during the storm, including posting a video showing his home bar floating away. Pacyna posted a final message around 1:28 p.m. on Sept. 28 just before the storm made landfall.
“OK, WE’RE TERRIFIED!!” the post read.
“I understand they were trying to leave the house as it was collapsing and he didn’t make it out of there,” Schuline reportedly said.
Wojciechowski and the couple’s dog, Lulu, survived, CNN reported.
“[Wojciechowski is] obviously in shock, devastated,” Schuline said, according to the report. “They were together for 30 years, so losing somebody like that and being there when it happened is really hard on her. She’s having … a hard time with understanding what’s all going on and coming to grips with things.”
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