Dine Out for Police Officer Ryan O’Connor at Krieger’s Restaurant
ST. LOUIS, MO/December 18, 2017 (STL.News) Whenever one of our beloved “Men in Blue” are killed or injured there is no shortage of support when it comes to St. Louisans. Unfortunately, there have been too many tragedies in the last couple of years involving St. Louis Police Officers who put their lives on the line every day.
Sadly, once again misfortune has brought communities near and far together and brought out the best in humanity. Krieger’s restaurant in Twin Oaks is joining together with several local restaurants to hold a Dine Out for Arnold Police Officer, Ryan O’Connor, recently injured in the line of duty. The event will take place all day this Wednesday, December 20.
Krieger’s, like many other area establishments, is always on the frontline when it comes to raising funds to help out the families. Last year, several Dine Out nights for Ballwin Police Officer Mike Flamion raised around $91,000 for him and his family. Flamion was shot and paralyzed in July during a routine traffic violation. The 32-year-old was a nine-year police veteran. He continues to improve, but it has been a difficult time along the way with lots of medical and other expenses.
Then last October the restaurants were out in full force raising money again, this time for the family of St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder. Snyder was shot point blank on October 6, while responding to a disturbance call near Affton. The 33-year-old had served four years on the force and left behind a wife and two-year-old. In that incident the community Dine Out effort helped to net $175,000 for his family.
This current tragedy took place on December 5, when 44-year-old Police Officer Ryan O’Connor was shot inside a police SUV by a handcuffed burglary suspect on his way to be booked. The suspect, identified by police as 29-year-old Chad Klahs of Arnold, shot himself in the head after shooting O’Connor and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
According to Jefferson County authorities, the suspect had taken a gun during the burglary and stole a second gun from an auto body shop vehicle. When officers arrested Klahs, they took away one gun before handcuffing him, but were apparently unaware of the second gun. Klahs was able to access the second concealed weapon and shoot the officer before shooting himself.
O’Connor sustained life-threatening injuries after being shot in the back of the neck or head. He remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition with a long, difficult road to recovery ahead of him.
Ryan comes from a law enforcement family. He is the son of former Maryland Heights Police Chief Tom O’Connor, and had been with the Arnold Police Department for approximately three years. According to police, he had previously worked in St. Louis County and Ferguson. He is married and the father of four children.
The financial needs for Ryan’s wife and four young children will be extensive as he fights for his life. Dine Out for Officer O’Connor and be a part of helping out this family in their time of need.
Participating Restaurants at This Time:
1) Krieger’s- Twin Oakes
2) Candicci’s- Ballwin
3) Woodsmoke BBQ and Windowsills Pies- Clarkson Valley
4) Joe Boccardi’s-Eureka, Columbia, Webster Groves and Fenton
5) Fortel’s Pizza Den – Affton
6) Sorellis – Cedar Hill
7) STL Axe Throwing- St. Charles
8) 612 Kitchen & Cocktails- Kirkwood
9) Sisters Tea House- Fenton
10) Sharpshooters- St. Louis City
11) Orange Leaf- Oakville
12) Cheeburger- Des Peres
13) Wildwood Pub & Grill- Wildwood
14) St. Louis Bread Company- Arnold
15) Bellacino’s- Hampton Village
16) Pasta House- Festus,Union, Arnold, 9012 Gravois-St Louis, 6214 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis
17) Syberg’s- Maryland Heights, Chesterfield, Gravois, Arnold, Downtown St. Louis & O’Fallon, IL
18) Helen Fitzgerald’s- Sunset Hills
19) Lazy River Grill- Manchester
20) Yellowstone Café- town and Country
21) CraftedSTL- 3200 Shenandoah Ave., St. Louis
22) Saucy’s Pizzeria- Hillsboro
23) Shamrocks Pub n Grill
24) Tucker’s Place- Manchester
25) Rock Island Marketplace- Owensville, MO
26) Main & Mill Brewing Company- Festus
27) Blarneystone- Oakville
28) Super Smokers BBQ- Eureka
29) Walnut Grill-Sunset Hills Plaza, Ellisville and O’Fallon, MO
30) Irma Jean’s- Florissant
31) Bewskeez-O’Fallon, MO
32) Delta Queen Port Of Call- Kimmswick, MO
33) Papa Murphy’s-Wildwood
34) O’Leary’s- Sunset Hills
35) The Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery- Kimmswick, MO
36) Smugala’s Pizza Pub- Arnold
37) Bomber O’Brien’s Sports Bar- 4621 Beck Ave., St. Louis
38) Chick-Fil-A- Arnold
39) Cannolis- Florissant
40) Bellacino’s- Arnold and South County
There are several other ways to donate to the O’Connor family.
The St. Louis Police Officers Association said the O’Connor Family is asking for donations for Ryan to be made to Shield of Home, the Fraternal Order of Police charity.
Donations can also be made on a GoFundMe page, donations for O’Connor and his family, to BackStoppers Inc., or in person at Fortune Bank, 3494 Jeff Co Boulevard in Arnold.
Cards for Cops shared a request from a spokesperson for the family to send cards to Ryan.
Get well cards can be mailed to:
Officer Ryan O’Connor
c/o Arnold Police Department
2102 Jeffco Blvd.
Arnold, MO 63010