The dedication of the smart home for Officer Michael Flamion and his family was held Tuesday morning.
Flamion, a Ballwin police officer, was shot in the line of duty in July 2016. He was left paralyzed.
The Gary Sinise Foundation built a smart home for Flamion, a custom house that will help him move about in his wheelchair. The foundation has built dozens of similar homes for veterans, but this is the first one built for a first responder injured in the line of duty.
"I think all of us that are able-bodied take a lot for granted on a daily basis," said Gary Sinise Foundation spokesperson Chris Cuban. "When you're in a wheel chair, when you're paralyzed from neck down, even the simplest of things can take a lot of time to do."
With that in mind, the home is designed to be electronically run, through both an iPad and voice commands. Everything from turning on the TV to handling lights can be controlled directly from Flamion's wheel chair.
Monday night, Holloway Road near the home was shut down in preparation for the big reveal in which the keys were handed over to Flamion and his wife.
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