Michael’s story is one that you need to read. Check out how Michael is using his personal experience to motivate and inspire others.
Amputee, Law Enforcement Officer, Inspiration
Welcome Featured American Mission Athlete @crowe_bocop
Some things are better left unedited. This is one of those stories that is best told by Michael.
“In March of 2012, I was involved in a motorcycle accident and was struck by a teenage girl that was texting and driving. The impact of the collision completely severed my right foot and I was in the hospital for two weeks. During that time I opted to amputate my right foot and be fitted with a prosthetic. The night of the collision, I was less than 24 hours before starting my first shift as a police officer. I had just graduated the police academy and was about to start my first night on patrol.”
“After six months of rehab, I was able to return to work on active duty as a police officer with a prosthetic leg. I dont let any limitation hold me back from living my dream as a police officer. I’ve been involved in several weightlifting and crossfit competitions as an amputee. This would be my first shooting competition but would love to use this experience as a catalyst to help other amputee’s get involved in law enforcement. My disability does not prevent me from performing my duties as a police officer.”
“I’ve had many people reach out to me and tell me that amputees were unable to be Police Officers in their community. People have told me that the physical tasks alone would prevent me from successfully completing my duties. For 5 years now, I’ve been proving them wrong and trying to inspire other amputees that a career in law enforcement is possible. I’m proud of what I have accomplished but I want to help give others the chance to pursue their dreams. I want to be that tool to help give them the opportunity to succeed. I want to spread the word and show others that no disability can hold you back. There is no excuse why you cant change your life and make a difference in your community.”
Nothing Standing In My Way
“While waiting in the lobby for my doctor appointment recently, a man sitting a few chairs over looked down at my leg. I was wearing shorts so the man could see that I had a prosthetic leg. The man leaned over and asked me how I lost my leg. I told him I was involved in a motorcycle accident and that a teenager was texting and driving hit me. The man shook his head and told me that he was sorry. I told him that things happen and you just have to move on. The man asked me what I do now since I can’t work because of my disability. I told the man that I have a job and work full time. The man asked me what I do for work. I told him I was a full time active duty police officer. The man shook his head and told me, “there is no way a Dept would allow a person with a disability be a street cop.” Once he said that, I sat back in my seat with a big smile on my face and said, “well I might be lucky sir, but they let me.”
“Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t pursue your dreams. The greatest motivation is someone telling me I can’t do something! Please share this everyone and let people know, even if you have a disability, you can pursue a career in law enforcement.”
Michael, welcome to the American Mission Team. It’s an honor to have you.