The chief of the Ballwin Police Dept., in Missouri, is praising the community for showing so much support for one of their officers who nearly died in the line of duty earlier this month.
On July 8, Mike Flamion was ambushed by a man he stopped for speeding. When Officer Flamion returned to his patrol car to do some paperwork, the driver– parolee Antonio Taylor– “sprinted out of his car” and fired at Flamion three times. One of the bullets struck him in the neck.
The chief of police and the officer’s wife spoke publicly this week about the overwhelming support from the St Louis region.
“Dine-out” events are being held at dozens of restaurants throughout the community to help raise money for the injured officer, who will need extensive long-term care, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Mike, paralyzed from the neck down, has been intubated and cannot speak. Doctors say his physical injuries are permanent, but his mental capacity hasn’t been diminished. He was “alert and communicating with visitors at Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur by nodding and trying to mouth words,” the Dispatch reported.
“Flamion will always remain a part of the force,” Chief Kevin Scott said. “We talked Saturday, and I told him how much I love him and how part of me is laying in that bed with him.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Flamion, by his Ballwin brothers and sisters, to help his family out with medical and other living expenses.
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