BALLWIN, MO (KTVI) - It's been been three months since Ballwin Police Officer Mike Flamion was shot while making a traffic stop. As he continues his rehab in Colorado there is work underway to help make his life easier when he returns home.
Officer Flamion's world was changed forever when he was ambushed after pulling over a motorist. The shooting may have left him paralyzed, but his spirit is far from broken. With the help of the Gary Sinise Foundation he will get some of his independence back.
On July 8th a bullet to the left side of the neck left officer Mike Flamion paralyzed from the neck down and on a ventilator. From a rehab hospital in Englewood Colorado he and his wife Sarah sent a video message thanking the community and the Gary Sinise foundation for their new smart home that is about to be built.
Flamion and his wife will return to St. Louis in November. They'll be moved to temporary housing, that's wheelchair accessible, while their home is being built.
At a news conference outside the Ballwin police department, with more than two dozen police officers on hand, the Gary Sinise Foundation announced it had purchased the property in Ballwin and is seeking donations by the public to build it.
Gary Sinise himself sent a message to Flamion in a heartfelt letter. "The Gary Sinise foundation has built close to 50 homes for injured military members or veterans. This marks the first time the foundation is building a home for a wounded police officer."