Video: Actor’s charity breaks ground on smart home for paralyzed Mo. cop

Officer Michael Flamion was ambushed in his vehicle on July 8

By Police1 Staff

ST. LOUIS — A foundation is building a custom smart home for a paralyzed officer who was shot in the neck during a traffic stop ambush.

The Gary Sinise Foundation broke ground Tuesday on Officer Michael Flamion’s new smart home that will be equipped with the latest technology and an open floor plan, KMOX reported. It will be built specifically to fit Flamion’s needs. 

“When you think of things that you and I take for granted on a daily basis, we take for granted getting out of bed, we take for granted going to the bathroom, or going down the hallway, or even turning off a light switch,” foundation spokesman Chris Kuban told KMOV. “This specially-adapted house will give him the ability to control everything off of an iPad.”


The Gary Sinise Foundation is breaking ground for a new home for Michael Flamion, the Ballwin Police Department officer who was paralyzed in a shooting last fall.

Posted by KMOV on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Flamion was shot in the neck on July 8 after stopping a man for speeding in Ballwin, the Associated Press reported. Police Chief Kevin Scott said Flamion is paralyzed from the neck down due to "catastrophic damage to his spinal cord."

Flamion’s house will be the first house built for a police officer by the foundation. They normally build homes for paralyzed military veterans.

With the open space in the home, Flamion said he and his wife Sarah are excited to move in. 

“I’m honored to have the Sinise Foundation step in and help us have a house that I’ll be able to function in,” he said. 

The house, located less than half a mile from the Ballwin Police Department is set to be completed by the end of the year.


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