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How Officer Flamion is doing 1 year after being shot

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Ballwin police officer Mike Flamion spoke to News 4 one year after being shot in the line of duty. Credit: KMOV Ballwin police officer Mike Flamion spoke to News 4 one year after being shot in the line of duty. Credit: KMOV
BALLWIN, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

It’s been one year since Ballwin police officer Mike Flamion was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty.

Wednesday, News 4 checked in with him for an update on his recovery and his new home.

“Obviously the physical aspect has changed. I can’t do a lot of things I used to do,” said Flamion.

In an effort to help make his tough journey a little bit easier, the Gary Sinise Foundation is building a “smart home” for Flamion. It will accommodate his needs and is being designed to allow Flamion to control many functions through an iPad.

“My favorite area would be the patio. They knew from previous conversations that me and Sarah like to spend a lot of time outside. They did a lot of work, so we’re going to have a pretty nice patio to sit outside and enjoy,” said Flamion.

The home is being built by the Ballwin Police Department. Flamion says crews expect it to be finished early, by October.

Flamion has a noticeably uplifting attitude, saying his wife Sarah is to thank.

"Sarah, she's a very positive person. I have bad days every once in a while, but Sarah is right by my side," said Flamion. “Although it made life pretty hard for us, she’s made it pretty easy.”

He also said support from the community keeps him going.

“I get stopped in the stores. People stop by and say ‘hi’ which is always a nice thing. I enjoy meeting the people supporting me,” said Flamion.

Flamion also says he doesn’t often think about what happened to him. He says sometimes he can’t even remember the suspect’s name.

"This might sound a little weird, but I won. He tried to kill me, but I'm still here," said Flamion.

Flamion also talked about what it’s like for first responders today.

“Things are getting so crazy now that you never know what’s going to happen.”

He gave a word of advice to working law enforcement.

“The officers out on the road, just stop and say ‘hi.’ Make yourself known through the community you serve.”

Flamion is part of a group called Project HURT, that brings awareness to injured officers and community policing. If you would like to learn more about Project HURT, click here.

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