Benefit to be held Saturday for Officer Mike Vernon

6:45 PM, Jun 1, 2012   |    comments
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Officer Mike Vernon

Florissant, MO (KSDK) - A benefit for an officer injured on the job will be held Saturday.

Joe's Pub in Florissant will be hosting a benefit for Officer Mike Vernon.

Vernon was shot on Memorial Day while on patrol. He is now paralyzed from the waist down.

The benefit will be held from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. There will be live music, 50/50 raffles, and much more.

The proceeds of the day will benefit Vernon and his family.

Support continues to pour in for Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon. He was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot several times while responding to a burglary on Memorial Day.

Retired Rock Hill Police Sgt. Matt Crosby was shot in the line of duty and is now paralyzed. He says he didn't even know Officer Vernon but has gone to visit him in the hospital twice to show his support. He says Officer Vernon is in high spirits and is staying positive.

Crosby, who is a father of two boys, relies on his nurse, girlfriend and parents to help him get out of bed, take a shower, and all the other daily activities so many of us take for granted.

He was shot in the shoulder after responding to a domestic dispute call at an apartment complex. Crosby says he is just thankful to be alive and be there for his children. He says the hardest thing for him is not being able to play sports with his boys.

Officer Vernon was shot in the side and in the shoulder and is now paralyzed from the waist down.

"I was inspired to go see him just because even though we never met we're both police officers, we're family, we're in that brotherhood together, we're both paralyzed and I just feel that I have a lot to offer him as far as help and knowledge and stuff and I am sure he could teach me a lot also. And I Just want to relay a positive message to him and let him feed off of me because I try to stay positive," said Crosby.

He plans to go to the fundraiser for officer Vernon at Joe's pub in Florissant on Saturday.

Responder Rescue is an organization that significantly helps Crosby and other officers injured in the line of duty. They created a new program called "hero" which stands for helping emergency responders overcome. It's a mentoring program which utilizes people like Matt Crosby who were injured on the job and can no longer work.

For more information call 314-627-0700.


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