BALLWIN, MO/March 24, 2017 (STL.News) On July 8, 2016 a tragic event occurred that changed a person and his family’s life forever.
Ballwin Police Officer, Michael Flamion, was shot from behind after pulling over a car. Antonio Taylor was the suspect that Flamion pulled over. While Flamion was returning to his police car, Taylor came up behind Flamion firing upon him. Flamion pulled Taylor over for a simple traffic violation. While Flamion survived the shooting, the damage is critical and will require special care in the future.
Many of the local restaurants offered Dine Out dates contributing a percentages of sales to the Flamion family with Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar giving as much as 20% of sales.
Additionally, the Ballwin community pulled together and raised an impressive amount of money, $371,193 using a GoFundMe page with a goal of $375,000.
On October 24, 2016 the GoFundMe page was closed and future donations were requested to be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Gary Sinise is a well-known and respected actor, director and musician winning an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award as well as other awards and special recognition’s. His most popular role was the 1993 movie, Forrest Gump playing the role of Lt. Dan.
Sinise was awarded the Presidential Citizen Medal by George W. Bush for the work he did supporting the U.S. military and humanitarian works supporting Iraqi children.
Sinise list of awards and accomplishments are beyond the scope of this article. However, needless-to-say, Sinise is accomplished and enjoys leveraging his success to help those less fortunate. An honorable act!
However, most impressively, the Gary Sinise Foundation is responsible for building a new smart home for Ballwin Police Officer, Michael Flamion. It is located at the intersection of Holloway Road and Park Drive in Ballwin, Missouri.
Sinise is an avid supporter of various veteran organizations, personally and through his band, The Lt. Dan Band. He frequently performs on USO tours.
The sign was recently placed. We will reach out to others for more information about the home, its features and anticipated completion date.
According to the GoFundMe page originally established for Flamion future contributions can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation or merchandise can be purchased to help their charitable ambitions.