Monday, September 24, 2012
Vernon, who was injured in the line of duty earlier this year, received a standing ovation and praise during the North County Incorporated luncheon.
While everyone had their moment to shine during North County Inc.’s 30 Leaders in their Thirties luncheon Friday afternoon, no one stood out more than Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon. Vernon, who was injured in the line of duty on Memorial Day, received a standing ovation from the crowd as he went to receive his plaque. Even, North County Incorporated President Rebecca Zoll became choked up in reading of his accomplishments and his service to the community. “It’s heartwarming to see people and the outpouring of good wishes and donations to Officer Vernon,” Chief William Karabas said following the ceremony. “This is a recognition of service to the community and honoring someone who has served and protected it.” Vernon was shot three …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Mayor Tom Schneider, Police Chief William Karabas and City Councilors honor Officer Mike Vernon and 10 officers' work for the Memorial Day shooting, burglary incident.
Officials, residents and media crowded into the Florissant City Council chambers Monday night for the honoring of Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon and 10 other officers who worked the Memorial Day incident in Florissant. May 28, a Florissant Police Department dispatcher and approximately 10 officers of the department responded to a burglary alarm. While investigating the burglary, Officer Michael Vernon was shot three times by the suspect, according to police. Monday night, Police Chief William Karabas awarded the chief’s commendations to the 10 officers and dispatchers who helped with the investigation as well as awarded the Purple Heart to Vernon for his bravery. Chief Karabas explained that the first Purple Heart was given in 1783…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Officer Mike Vernon, who was shot in the line of duty on Memorial Day, addressed a crowd last weekend in one of few public appearances.
Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon spoke and thanked a concert crowd Saturday night in Florissant, according to the Independent News. Officer Vernon was shot in late May and has spent the summer recuperating. The Butch Wax and the Hollywoods concert was one of few public appearances he’s made this summer. “I don’t like to speak in front of large crowds,” Vernon said, “but if there is one large crowd it would be the city of Florissant. You guys have gone above and beyond. I start every day and end every day with ‘Thank You’.” Earlier this week, Patch reported a grand jury indicted Brian L. Cannon, the man charged with his shooting and a burglary. The community has continued to support Officer Vernon through a number of fundraisers for …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Brian Cannon has been charged with assault of an officer, burglary and armed criminal action.
The man charged with shooting a Florissant police officer in May has been indicted by the St. Louis County Grand Jury, according to KSDK. The grand jury indicted Cannon on charges of assault of the officer, burglary, and two counts of armed criminal action. His arraignment has been set for Wednesday, according to Casenet. In late May, according to police, Cannon shot Officer Mike Vernon while the police were searching for a burglary suspect. The police later found Cannon and arrested him for the shooting as well as burglary. Officer Vernon has continued to recover from his wounds, and the community has shown an outpouring of support through fundraisers and letters.
Friday, August 17, 2012
A number of fundraisers continue for the officer throughout the fall.
Although a few months have passed since Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon was shot in the line of duty, Florissant and the St. Louis area have not stopped supporting him or his family. Several other fundraisers are planned for the officer this month and well into early fall. This weekend, Unsung Heroes Soccer Organization hosts an 8 versus 8 soccer tournament at Gametime Sportsplex in St. Peters. All proceeds will benefit the Vernon family. The following weekend, a dinner/dance/auction will be held for him at the Plumbers and Pipetfitters Local 562 Auditorium at 12385 Larimore Rd. Other events for the month include: Residents are still able to donate to Officer Vernon by sending checks to: Florissant Police Officers Welfare Association…
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Trendz Salon in Hazelwood is hosting the event on Monday, Aug. 13 to benefit Florissant Officer Mike Vernon, who was shot and paralyzed on the job.
Lisa Thompson, owner of Trendz Salon in Hazelwood, has a good reason for being interested in the Florissant Police Department. Her husband, Matt, is one of its officers. That’s part of the reason the Thompsons have spearheaded a special fundraiser for Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon, who was shot in the line of duty in May. As a result of his injuries, the Iraq veteran is paralyzed and current recovering in physical therapy. “He is a coworker of my husband Matt's,” Thompson said, when Patch asked why she decided to hold the fundraiser. “He also served two tours in Iraq, and it just really hits home for me with my husband being a fellow police officer.” Thompson noted that Vernon was a Florissant officer for five years before his …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Officer Jon McIntosh spotted the man now charged with shooting Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon in late May.
Creve Coeur Police Officer Jon McIntosh was in the middle of processing a drunk driving case in the early morning hours of May 28 when the call came. The Florissant Police Department was in need of aid after one of their own was shot in the line of duty. Officer Mike Vernon was shot while investigating a burglary case. The gunman was still at large. Officer McIntosh was sent to help and arrived while the ambulance with Officer Vernon was still on scene. Officer McIntosh told Patch in an interview Thursday that he teamed up with a K-9 Officer from Ferguson who did not have a partner. Together, they tracked the suspect for between half a mile and a mile, through neighborhoods. "There he goes!" McIntosh said as they spotted a man fitting the…
Friday, June 22, 2012
We're highlighting three big weekend events inside and outside of Florissant.
Although the weekend’s temperatures will be hot, so will be the events. Florissant and the St. Louis area will be hosting some pretty large events that are fun for families, kids or just you. We’re highlighting three that you can (and should) check out. Komen Race for the Cure Where: Downtown St. Louis When: Saturday, June 23, Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. What: A flood of pink will take over the downtown St. Louis area Saturday morning for the 14th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Thousands will walk, jog and run a 5K in support of the fight against breast cancer and to honor those who have fought and continue to fight. Fiesta in Florissant Where: Knights of Columbus Grounds When: Saturday/Sunday, June 23-June 24 What: If you’…
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Several businesses and organizations have put together fundraisers, benefits to honor Officer Mike Vernon.
As Officer Mike Vernon continues to recuperate, the outpouring for him and his family grows. Several other fundraisers are planned for Vernon in the next month, including: Many fundraisers have already been held for the officer, and Florissant Police Department spokesman Andy Haarman said that many other calls have been yielded for many more. Vernon was shot on Memorial Day during a search for a burglary suspect. Officer Andy Haarman said Monday that Officer Vernon is still undergoing extensive physical therapy and remains humble by the support of the community. Suspect Brian Cannon has been arrested and is being held on $500,000 cash-only bond. If you would like to help Officer Vernon and his family, donations can be sent to: Florissant …