BALLWIN, MO (KPLR) - For Ballwin residents, being 'Ballwin Strong' means one thing.
"It means the community is unified" said Pat Noland. "Probably in ways that have never been unified before" she said.
Unified in backing the blue since the July 8th shooting of Officer Michael Flamion, the community has come together to raise money, send well wishes and share the gratitude for Ballwin law enforcement officers. On Wednesday, those officers had their chance to thank the community.
"This gives the community an opportunity to come in and tell the officers, 'hey we love you, we appreciate you everything you do for us, we’re thinking of you and thank you for being here for us'" said Chief Kevin Scott.
"Doing this job day in and day out we kind of loose perspective" he added. "These people love us and need us in this community" Chief Scott said.
That love was shown through the generations represented at Wednesday's open house.
"I just put a post on a Facebook and just asked my friends to give to the officer’s family to help out" said Ballwin resident Stacey Clinton. "To let them know that Ballwin and people care for them and thank them for what they’re doing: she said.
"The support we’re getting from not just Ballwin, but across the region has been incredible" said Chief Scott. "Hopefully we can be an example to the rest of the country".
Officer Flamion remains in the hospital where he is paralyzed from the neck down. At last check, the community had raised nearly $400,000 to help in his recovery.