The weather cooperated fully for the second annual Hot Dogs with Heroes event held Sept. 9 at the Ballwin Athletic Association.
Organized by the Metro West Fire Protection District with participation from other fire departments and districts throughout the St. Louis area, the event was first held last year and renamed this year in honor of its first beneficiary, Ballwin Police Officer Michael Flamion.
This year, proceeds from the observance went to Hazelwood Police Officer Craig Tudor. Both Tudor and Flamion were seriously hurt and left paralyzed in separate job-related incidents last summer. Flamion was shot during a traffic stop and Tudor was injured in a roll-over accident when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle.
Some 25 police and fire agencies had vehicles and equipment on display at the event. Other activities included giveaways and prizes, a raffle with gift baskets and other items provided by event sponsors, music, food and beverages.
Plans are to make the event an annual affair to support local law enforcement officers.