Three Missouri children raised thousands of dollars for a local police officer who was shot in the neck over the weekend.
Kate Gieseler, a mother of one of the children, said more than $4,000 was raised via a lemonade stand for officer Mike Flamion, who officials said was shot in an ambush-style attack in Ballwin, Missouri.
— Kate Moore Gieseler (@fflady2474) July 11, 2016
The Metro West Fire District said the lemonade stand, held in Ellisville on Sunday, was to benefit Flamion. “Congratulations Tori, CJ, and Kenzie for raising more than $4,000 for @BallwinPolice Officer Flamion,” it wrote.
Gieseler said the children organized the lemonade stand for the officer, CBS Local reported. “He has a lot of needs right now and he will in the future. We want to make sure they’re secure financially. The last thing they need to have is any kind of financial stress,” Gieseler said.
Gieseler said her son also met the mayor of Ballwin, saying it was “all for officer Mike.”
Flamion, a 9-year law enforcement veteran, was shot while conducting a traffic stop on July 8. He was taken to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition, the Ballwin Police Department said.
Come out to the lemonade stand at Dierbergs in Ellisville. 1-5 PM today.
— Metro West Fire Dist (@MetroWestFire) July 10, 2016
“Officer Flamion is highly regarded by everyone in the department,” the department wrote in a statement. “His sense of humor and professional demeanor make him a centerpiece of our department. Mike is an outstanding officer whom the citizens of Ballwin should be proud to call their own.”
Ballwin Chief Kevin Scott on Friday said that Flamion was “completely helpless” against his attack, noting that he had “had no chance at all” to pull out his weapon.
— Kate Moore Gieseler (@fflady2474) July 10, 2016
The St. Louis County Police Department arrested suspect Antonio Taylor, 31, in the shooting. He was charged with first degree assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of armed criminal action, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. He is currently being held on $500,000 bond.
The police shooting came just a day after five officers in Dallas were gunned down by a sniper during a Black Lives Matter protest event.
A GoFundMe for Flamion was set up by the police department, raising more than $90,000 in donations.