'Mike Flamion Hotdogs with Heroes' event looks to raise $100K this weekend

The 2019 Hot Dogs with Heroes will benefit Craig Shormas, a local firefighter battling stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer.

Debbie Monterrey
September 18, 2019 - 11:50 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The 4th annual Mike Flamion Hot Dogs with Heroes has a big goal this year: to raise $100,000. It takes place in the Chesterfield Mall parking lot by Macy’s on Saturday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mark Gilliam, president of Code 3 Response, is a paramedic with the Metro West Fire District and it was his crew that came to the aid of Ballwin Police Officer Mike Flamion when he was shot during a routine traffic stop. Gilliam and his wife decided to do a small fundraiser for Flamion, which grew and grew with people volunteering to help.

What they hoped would raise a few thousand dollars raised $43,000. They decided to do it again and name the event in honor of Flamion, who is now the vice-president of Code 3 Response. The following year, Hot Dogs with Heroes benefitted Hazelwood Officer Craig Tudor who was injured in a crash. Last year’s event benefitted Arnold Officer Ryan O’Connor, who was shot, and St. Louis MPD Officer Gary Glasby, whose patrol car collided with another vehicle.

The 2019 Hot Dogs with Heroes will benefit Craig Shormas, a local firefighter battling stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer.

Gilliam promises the event will feature something for everyone. There will be displays of police, fire and military equipment with helicopters taking off and landing, Bigfoot Monster Truck and exotic cars, barbecue, beer and snowcones. And inflatables, face painting, a petting zoo and balloon animals for the kids.

The interview at the top of this page with Gilliam was featured on KMOX during our First Responders Week. 

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