Dining out to help an injured Hazelwood police officer

HAZELWOOD, MO (KPLR) - Some 75 restaurants from St. Charles to St. Louis have been raising money all day for Hazelwood police Officer Craig Tudor.

You may recall Officer Tudor was left paralyzed last August in a rollover crash in his squad car. He is now being treated at Craig Hospital in Colorado.

It is well known for helping patients with spinal cord injuries. Craig Hospital has also treated Ballwin police Officer Mike Flamion, who was also paralyzed this year from a gunshot wound.

"Tables for Tudor" was organized by a Hazelwood 911 dispatcher. Most of the establishments are donating between 10 and 20 percent of their proceeds to Officer Tudor and his family.

"A police officer who would give their life, and doesn't know me. I'm a stranger to them. The fact that they would show up at the door and take a bullet for you this is the right thing to do," said restaurant patron Kenneth Jones.

Tudor is expected to return home by the middle of the month.