Officer Mike Vernon Addresses The Crowd at St. Ferdinand Park Concert

by Nicole Butler  

Florissant’s own personal hero, Officer Mike Vernon, addressed city residents this past Saturday August 18 during an intermission at the Butch Wax and the Hollywoods concert in St. Ferdinand Park.

Officer Mike  Vernon is paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot this past Memorial Day when responding to a call on a neighborhood burglary. He has spent the summer in physical therapy and still has a long way to go, but his morale is high.


“I’ve been inside all summer, but with all this heat its not a bad thing,” Vernon joked.

North County has risen up and supported Vernon this summer and many fundraisers have been held to help support Vernon, his wife Farrah, and their family through the early trials of his recovery. Vernon came to the concert to speak to the residents and personally thank them and acknowledge them for their support.

“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’.”

It was announced at the concert that the St. Louis Cardinals will be honoring Officer Vernon at the Sept. 19 baseball game for an official “Mike Vernon Night at the Ballpark”. An entire section of $53 tickets are on reservation for Florissant residents at the special rate of $25. For more information and to reserve your tickets, residents can contact Officer Andy Haarman at 314-830-6042.                                                

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One Response to “Officer Mike Vernon Addresses The Crowd at St. Ferdinand Park Concert”

  1. Injured Florissant Police Officer Speaks Out at Recent Concert - Missouri News Feed | Missouri News Feed Says:
    August 23rd, 2012 at 5:28 am

    […] Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon spoke and thanked a concert crowd Saturday night in Florissant, according to the Independent News. […]


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