Friends of an Afghanistan war veteran hope to leave a lasting legacy for him. David Plassmann died in a motorcycle crash last weekend but those who knew him don’t want things to end there.
Plassmann was riding with friends when he lost control on a curve and hit a tree. It happened around noon on Saturday on Pershing Drive, which takes you to NP Dodge Park.
Marshall Maurer said, “We've been friends for about four-years. We met serving overseas. We're both linguists with the Air Force.
Maurer wants to make sure others know what a good, positive person his friend Dave Plassmann was.
“He was model airman and staff sergeant. He was a great leader and made others around him better on missions. Everyone has a good story to tell about him and that's what you focus on."
The 27-year-old airmen loved his lab mix, Barley.
Maurer said, "Growing up in Indiana, animals were a big part of his life. He had guinea pigs, rabbits, dogs."
The family is raising money to go toward something near and dear to him; a program for Pets helping Vets where they match up shelter and rescue animals with those coming back from war with disabilities or PTSD or traumatic brain injuries.
Maurer said, “We thought that was a great way to remember Dave with things he loved the most: animals and veterans and hopefully have some good come out of this."
The Air Force vet had a lot still to give to Offutt and its missions, recently getting a job with a defense contractor. Perhaps the story of him wanting to become a Navy SEAL best sums up Dave Plassmann's drive and spirit.
Maurer said, "He had a fear of swimming and started to get back in the pool and take that challenge head on. He had just started a yearlong process of becoming a SEAL. That was actually is what he wanted to do long term."
Not only were animals and the military close to Dave Plassmann but karate was as well. A fund has been set up to support those causes in his name. More than $2,300 has already been donated. You can find information on that here: David Plassmanm Memorial Fund