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Michael Braxton Jr.

Left Below Knee Amputee
Police Officer / Public Speaker / Motivator
Mays Landing NJ, United States

June 9th, 2013

Death Cheater™ Day - Date of joining the disabled community

Michael's Next Goal: Continue to pay it forward

There have been MANY people that have been generous with their time and more during my recovery to this day. I would like to do the same for as many people as I can, with my second chance at life. This is my life time goal!

"Life is going to test you, sometimes you aren’t prepared for it. I challenge you to dig deep, stay positive and focused. Let your resilience shine and motivate others"

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Michael's Amplife® Story

On a beautiful Sunday, I hopped in the saddle and took myself on a nice ride on my Honda CBR. I approached an intersection and was going to collide with a car. While trying to avoid the collision, I struck a pole. The pole broke my right foot and traumatically amputated my left leg below the knee. I was riding with my friends, angels on earth, they came to my aid, placed a tourniquet on me, and saved my life. I spent the following month recovering in the hospital.

When released, I spent almost a year in physical therapy in hopes of returning back to work full duty as a police officer. Sure enough, almost a year to the date of my accident, I was able to return to serve my community. In 2015 and 2016, I competed as a para athlete in track and field. I attained many medals in hopes of making Team USA. I was unable to make the team, but I met many influential people and had wonderful moments & memories.

I continued living life, and even after becoming an amputee, I was able to find someone who saw me for me, not my disability. On June 1st, 2019 she became my wife, showing proof that there’s still love after amputation.

In 2022, I graduated from the K9 Academy and became New Jersey's 1st Amputee K9 Officer. A lifelong dream and accomplishment that I hope will help open doors for the rest of our amputee community.

Wearing Amplife Clothing feels the same as when I’m lacing up my boots for duty. I can walk around with my head held high with a strong sense of pride. Several times I’ve been stopped and told how awesome and motivating I’ve been to others just by them observing my gear. I’ve been able to hear stories of what others have gone through, and told them my story, breaking the ice for special moments to inspire each other.

I don’t know what’s next but I’m ready! When you stay ready, you never have to get ready! I want to motivate and inspire all!

Michael Braxton Jr. becomes New Jersey's 1st Amputee K9 Officer


Get to know 'em

How do you give back to the community?

I volunteer my time as a certified peer visitor and am actively involved in an amputee support group. Whenever I’m asked to speak and motivate, I’m there!

Song that gets you hyped?

Flex - Rich Homie Quan.

Proudest moment?

Even though it had never been done in NJ, I returned to be a police officer, full duty. Then I became the 1st Amputee K9 Officer in the history of New Jersey, showing just how capable we are!

Favorite way to be active?

I enjoy playing sports, walking, running, riding bikes. I’m game for pretty much anything outdoors.

Guilty pleasure?

I love gaming. Nothing wrong with a little Call of Duty!

What do you love about Amplife®?

Amplife shows the world just how STRONG we are! How we have turned our disabilities into super abilities and represent ourselves proudly! I believe and embody everything Amplife is. I’m a death cheater, I can’t stop, and will NEVER stop. Whenever I wear Amplife gear, I feel Amplife is me! I can show the world who we are, what we can do, and just how badass we are!