BALLWIN, MO (KPLR)- Ballwin Police Officer Mike Flamion is paralyzed from the neck down after a being wounded in the line of duty during a traffic stop on July 8, 2016. On Monday, Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott reported that, though Officer Flamion is receiving excellent treatment for wounds to his neck, it is expected that he will require, " extensive long-term care."
A gunshot to the left side of his neck caused injuries to his spinal cord. Flamion remains on a ventilator and responds to questions with nods and tries to mouth words. Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott says, "He will forever be a Ballwin officer, no questions asked."
"The support from the entire St. Louis region has been beyond words. I know the support for officer Flamion will never waver because I can assure you that Mike, he really loves Ballwin and it is apparent that Ballwin really loves Mike." said Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott.
"It is definitely day by day. The support is overwhelming. Every day I am at the hospital there are Ballwin police officers, officers from other municipalities, the county, police wives, there are just so many people there wanting to help with anything that they can. It`s an overwhelming feeling but it`s a great feeling." said Sarah Flamion.
You can get a sense of that community support just by walking around the Ballwin Police station. The walls are covered with cards and letters and drawings from kids. They offer well wishes for officer Flamion and the entire department. There are also piles of donated food.
According to police, Flamion was shot from behind as he walked back to his car after stopping Antonio Taylor for speeding in the 300 block of New Ballwin Road. Taylor, 31, was arraigned Monday on charges of assault of a police officer, armed criminal action, and possessing a firearm as a felon.
Flamion has worked in Ballwin for two years. Before that he worked for the De Soto Police Department for seven years.
To support the officer and his family, please visit Officer Flamion’s GoFundMe page. There you will also find additional updates on his condition.
The BackStoppers Inc. is also assisting the family of Officer Flamion. Donations can be made at BackStoppers.org or by mail to:
PO Box 795168
St. Louis, MO 63179