FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOX) - Florissant police officer Mike Vernon, who was shot multiple times by a fleeing burglary suspect early on the morning of May 28th, has been transferred to the rehab unit at Barnes-Jewish hospital in St. Louis.
Vernon’s been showing signs of paralysis following multiple surgeries at Depaul hospital, where doctors found that one of the bullets had lodged against his spine.
But Florissant police spokesman Andy Haarman says Vernon is showing the true spirit of a fighter.
“In his mind he will walk again,” Haarmann tells KMOX News. “He knows what’s ahead of him but he’s got the support of the Florissant police department. If you ask him, Officer Vernon will walk again.”
There’s already been an outpouring of support from the Florissant community: a fundraiser last weekend brought in $39,591.25.
But the effort to raise money to help Vernon and his family pay for his hospital stay and continuing care has only just begun.
There are no less than four fundraisers scheduled for the month of June:
* A Hair Cut-A-Thon happens this Sunday, June 10th from 10 am to 4 pm at Salon 67 (1143 N. Hwy. 67). 100% of donations go to the fund for Officer Vernon.
* Cugino’s Italian Bar & Grill at 1595 N. Hwy. 67 will raise money with a raffle and other fundraisers on Sunday, June 10th between 11 am and midnight.
* A Washers tournament is set for Saturday, June 23rd at the James Eagan Civic Center. Register at www.washersforpublicsafety.com or call (636) 448-9772.
* Police and firefighters will clash on the links during the Battle of the Badges Guns and Hoses golf tournament Friday, June 29th at the Golf Club of Florissant. The event will include a silent auction.
You can also donate directly to the Florissant Police Officers Welfare Association, C/O Mike Vernon, 1700 N. Hwy. 67, Florissant MO 63033.
Learn more about all the efforts to raise money for Officer Vernon at www.florissantmo.com/Police.