BALLWIN, MO/May 30, 2017 (STL.News) The community continues to show its support for a former Ballwin police officer who was left paralyzed after being shot during a traffic stop last summer.
On Wednesday, the Gary Sinise Foundation will host their “Walls of Honor” event in honor of Mike Flamion. The event will give fellow police officers, community leaders, family, and friends the opportunity to write inspirational and personal messages of gratitude on the walls of the new specially adapted smart home, currently under for Flamion and his family.
The event will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday on the Flamion property at 141 Holloway Road, Ballwin, MO 63011. It will begin with an hour long program, followed by the signing of the “Walls of Honor.” Flamion and his wife Sarah will be in attendance for the event.
Flamion is a nine-year law enforcement veteran. He first served in the DeSoto Police Department for seven years before joining the Ballwin Missouri Police Department in December 2014. During his short career in law enforcement, Flamion was frequently recognized as an outstanding officer. Flamion had been honored by his police chief on two occasions for his heroic actions while in the line of duty. Both incidents involved an individual resisting arrest.
On the morning of July 8, 2016, Flamion’s life would forever change. During a routine traffic stop, the 31-year-old officer was shot, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Since then Flamion has been going through rehabilitation in an effort to rebuild his life. To date, Flamion can maintain a conversation, eat solid food, and has even regained some movement in his shoulders.
About the Gary Sinise Foundation:
The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family, and caregivers. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, and First Responders Outreach. Its latest program, Soaring Valor, is sending WWII veterans to The National WWII Museum and documenting their first-hand accounts of the war. For more information, please visit GarySiniseFoundation.org.
Further information for the “Walls of Honor Event”
General Public Parking: Vlasas Park or Target’s East Side Parking Lot: 15025 Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO 63011 – General Public must walk 5-8 minutes to Flamion Property