A month after an Atlantic City police officer lost part of his leg in a motorcycle crash, his friends and co-workers will hold a fundraiser to help him with medical costs, including a prosthetic and whatever else is needed for him to return to work.
Michael Braxton Jr., 27, is determined to be one of the few officers in the state to come back to work after suffering an amputation, said Officer Kiyia Harris, who is in charge of the benefit scheduled for Wednesday at the Trump Plaza Beach Bar.
Harris was one of several off-duty officers riding on the Black Horse Pike with Braxton on June 9 when he was thrown from the bike while trying to turn out of the way of a car. The police with him and the driver of the car rushed to his aid, police have said.
As first responders, Harris said, "none of us thought for a minute" about coming to his aid. "We were just assuring that he stayed with us," she added.
Now, they are determined to get him back.
"He really is a profile in courage," said Public Safety Director Will Glass, who has visited with Braxton several times since the accident. "Where some people would get angry and go to the dark side, his strength and how he sees the rest of his life is nothing but positive."
Braxton, who is not ready to talk publicly, has been in touch with other officers who have returned from similar injuries, Harris said.
Tickets may be purchased at the door. The rain date is July 31.