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Restaurants plan a round of dining fundraisers for Ballwin officer

Restaurants plan a round of dining fundraisers for Ballwin officer

Fundraiser for Michael Flamion

A fundraiser for Ballwin Officer Michael Flamion attracted so many patrons at Candicci's Italian restaurant in Ballwin that hostesses had to stop seating tables on Monday, July 18, 2016, so their kitchen staff could catch up with orders. Flamion was shot during a traffic stop and is now paralyzed from the neck down. Photo by Christian Gooden,

ST. LOUIS • Nearly two dozen St. Louis County restaurants are participating in a fundraising effort to assist Ballwin Police Officer Michael Flamion, who was shot during a traffic stop in July.

The group Dine out for Ballwin Police Officer Mike Flamion posted to its Facebook page four new dates for the fundraiser "Meals for Mike," including Monday. Other dates slated for the fundraiser are Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.

Flamion, 31, paralyzed by a gunshot to his neck, was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital in Colorado in August. 

Customers arrived in droves to support the officer and his family at a dining fundraiser in JulyThe Go Fund Me page set up for Flamion by a Ballwin native has accumulated more than $358,000 in the last two months. 

The retail store Talbots in Chesterfield plans to host a benefit event for Flamion on Sept. 22, with 10 percent of sales going to the officer. A number of other businesses and non-profits have hosted fundraisers in his name since the shooting.

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