Gary Sinise Foundation breaks ground on Flamion home -

Gary Sinise Foundation breaks ground on Flamion home

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Mike and Sarah Flamion (Credit: Flamion family). Mike and Sarah Flamion (Credit: Flamion family).

BALLWIN, Mo. ( – Tuesday, crews broke ground on a new home for injured Ballwin Officer Michael Flamion.

The Gary Sinise Foundation is building a smart home for Flamion, who was paralyzed when he was shot during a traffic stop last July.

Flamion’s home will mark the first time the Gary Sinise Foundation builds one for a first responder. The foundation normally builds homes for injured military veterans.

"This is a great day. The Sinise Foundation has been incredible," says Officer Mike Flamion. 

At the groundbreaking ceremony, many spoke, including Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott. 

"Mike, I will never be able to explain why this happened to you, but I will say for whatever reason, God has a plan for us," he says. 

Flamion can not do things that most of us take for granted, like climbing up the stairs or walking to the refrigerator. That is where his new smart home will help him out. 

"I am looking forward to having a little bit more room to move around. Right now we are in an apartment, so I do not have a lot of room," says Flamion. 

Familiar faces were on hand for this special day, including Hazelwood police officer Craig Tudor who was severely injured last August while responding to a call. Both Flamion and Tudor received treatment at a Colorado hospital. 

"Through our injuries we had the chance to get to know the Flamion's. We are both going through similar situations. It is nice to be able to support him," says Officer Craig Tudor. 

Read: Officer Flamion reflects on career as Ballwin police officer

The home build is all thanks to the Gary Sinise Foundation. 

The organization said the homes take a bit longer to build than normal houses because they are specifically adapted to fit each person’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,” said Chris Kuban, who works with the foundation. “This specially adapted house will give him the ability to control everything off of an iPad.”

It could take up to 11 months to complete Flamion’s home, which will be located less than half a mile from the Ballwin Police Department.

The Gary Sinise Foundation previously remodeled the home of veteran Chris Sanna to make it wheelchair accessible. Sanna was paralyzed when he was shot walking back to his car after a Cardinals game in September 2015.

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