The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Gary Sinise Foundation is building a home for a paralyzed police officer.
According to police, on July 8 Officer Michael Flamion of the Ballwin, Missouri Police Department was shot in the neck from behind by a man he had stopped for speeding. The bullet severed Officer Flamion's spine, paralyzing him from the neck down.
The Gary Sinise Foundation is known for building special homes for wounded veterans, but also, according to its website, serves "defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need." The foundation builds "smart homes," places specially modified for ease of use by people with disabilities.
The Flamions are at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., which specializes in spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. The husband and wife made a video thanking the Sinise Foundation and the support of the public. “Hi, I’m Officer Mike Flamion and this is my wife, Sarah,” Officer Flamion says. “We’re very thankful and excited for the Gary Sinise Foundation that’s helping us build a house.”
“We are very thankful for all of the people who have donated time and money to the foundation to help us get a modified home for Mike,” his wife adds.
Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott said at a press conference Thursday that Flamion is expected to return to St. Louis in mid- to late November. Scott called Flamion “the bravest man I’ve ever known.”