At the young age of 16, Sean Garrick was in a bad car crash that left
him paralyzed from the waist down. Unsure if he’d ever walk again,
Garrick’s recovery continues to this day almost 13 years later.
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works in the Records Department from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but the most
impressive part is that he wakes up every morning at 3 a.m. to get
“Oh yes,” Garrick told WPBF. “I get up at 3 o’clock in the
morning because I stay so far away and I take the public transportation.
A born athlete and avid football player, Sean Garrick’s life came to a halt after his crash.
explained, “Because of my car accident, I had a brain and spinal chord
injury. I don’t remember a lot of things that happened after the car
accident. I had to learn how to walk again, I even had to learn how to
pick up a spoon again. I was right back down to a baby.”
began searching for a job soon after his accident, but he was told it’d
be unlikely. That’s when he found an organization that helps disabled
residents find employment.
Career Resource Specialist Maria Conde
described Sean’s success story by saying, “What makes Sean so special is
that he’s motivated, he’s tenacious and he’s an optimist.”
took three years, and several friends on the inside, before the budget
to accommodate Sean as an employee was finally approved.
supervisor, James Shaw said, “Sometimes I say he’s a little stubborn but
it’s a good thing, you know. You try to hold a door for him, he’ll hold
a door for you.”
Sean is now 29 years old and providing for his
wife of three years and a brand new baby boy. His advice to other
disabled residents looking for a job is, “Never give up because no
matter what you’re going through, you can always try your best and keep
on trying and working hard. You’ll make it.”