As an investigating officer and inspector in the Coast Guard, Johnson kept waterways and coastlines secure through the protection of the marine environment and the promotion of safe passage of marine-related traffic. It was a freak accident while on liberty that drove Johnson back to dry land. He was on a bus in the island of Dominica that lost control and drove off a cliff, throwing him from the vehicle with all but one rib broken and a spinal cord injury that left him partially paralyzed. Today, Johnson is a motivational speaker as well as a general contractor building and renovating houses.

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Sancho Johnson

Retired Coast Guard Lieutenant

Age: 40

Current Command/Position: Motivational speaker and general contractor

Current Hometown: Jackson, Miss.

Disability: Spinal cord injury, sustained in a motor vehicle accident February 2009