Indiana Tech honors an alumnus after recovery from serious motorcycle accident

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) – After a serious motorcycle crash last May that left Michael Broderick seriously injured, his alma mater honored him Saturday afternoon.

Broderick says he flatlined for several minutes. He lost one of his legs and he had several surgeries. But, this is one day, he’ll never forget.

“April 23rd 2022 as Michael Broderick Day in Fort Wayne, encouraging all citizens to truly note this occasion,” City leaders said.

Broderick is a 2016 graduate of Indiana Tech. He was in the hospital for eight weeks after the accident which he says he does not remember. After being transferred to Indianapolis for his recovery, he finally came home in October.

“There’s been a lot of ups and downs, there’s been a lot of pain points, a lot of goals that have taken longer than I would’ve anticipated but it’s a part of the recovery and at the same time, you just gotta keep moving forward, just got to keep setting those goals to work towards, ”Broderick said.

Broderick told ABC21 he stood for the first time on February 15th, his sister’s birthday.

“The amount of adrenaline that I had whenever I actually got up on the walker on my own, that was the biggest point,” Broderick said.

Three days later, he started walking on parallel bars. That’s where leaders at Indiana Tech and with his job at Franklin Electric are recognizing his progress.

“As they say, Warrior Strong, it definitely feels that way,” Broderick said.

Vice President of Enrollment management Steve Herendeen says the university wanted to point out Broderick’s Warrior spirit.

“We talk here about the Warrior spirit which is somebody that has grit and determination and that there is a life of significance and worth and Michael embodies that for us,” Herendeen said.

After getting the game ball before Indiana Tech’s baseball game and honoring his recovery, it gave him strength to continue on.

“I’m proud that I can be a source of inspiration for people, I’m glad that people feel inspired but it’s definitely overwhelming in a good way, it’s a very positive way,” Broderick said.

Broderick told ABC21 he returned to work at Franklin Electric back in November. He says his next two biggest goals, he wants to be able to walk on his own and while being a huge fan of cars, he wants to be able to drive again.

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