BALLWIN, MO (KPLR) - Ballwin Police Officer Mike Flamion was honored with a wheelchair accessible van Thursday night.
Flamion, who was shot and paralyzed on the job in July, is rehabbing at a facility in Colorado but he and his wife were able to join the ceremony via Skype.
“I don't know how to thank everybody enough,” Officer Mike Flamion said. “It’s incredible what you're doing for my family. Thank you."
The outpouring of donations from the community made the van possible. Metro West Fire Fighters presented a check for $42,000, which was collected during fundraisers. That money went toward purchasing the van, a 2016 Toyota Sienna.
Jay Wolfe Toyota provided it at cost, covered the sales tax, and 4 years of maintenance while Southern Bus and Mobility converted the vehicle for free.
“What better way to be here for our community and do something that is as remarkable as this and amazing as this,” said Johnnie Andrawos, general manager of Jay Wolfe Toyota.
Balwin Police Chief Kevin Scott said he’s been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and of Flamion's humble courage.
“He was shot in the neck, he's paralyzed; he's having to do all this therapy, all this treatment, and the only thing he wants to do is come back and be a policeman,” Scott said. “Is that not incredible?”
Flamion's family was also given an $8,500 check for future expenses and Charter Spectrum threw in a big screen TV.