BackStoppers Sees Increased Donations for Officer Flamion

BALLWIN, Mo. (KMOX) – There has been a great deal of support for Ballwin police officer Mike Flamion after he was shot during a traffic stop last month.

One of the organizations that has seen a big jump in donations in Flamion’s is BackStoppers, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance for injured first responders. “We’ve seen [a] 15 to 20% increase in donations since the shooting of [Officer Flamion],” says BackStoppers executive director Ron Battelle.

Battelle says everyone is encouraged to continue donating to the Flamion fund, which will be needed to pay his long-term medical bills as well as modify his home for wheelchair use. “The outpouring from the community has just been tremendous. To be honest, it’s not surprising to me. The St. Louis community has always stepped up when there’s a need,” he says.

Donations continue rolling into a GoFundMe page set up in Officer Flamion’s name, which has now raised more than $350,000. Recently-announced “Dine Out for Officer Mike Flamion” nights will also be held on the 2nd Monday of every month to support the paralyzed officer.

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