He saw the bird strike the right engine and knew there was a problem. Both engines were disabled and there was no power. When Captain Sullenberger said, “Brace for impact,” Mike thought his life was over and he wouldn’t see his family to tell them he loved them.
Mike’s faith gave him courage to face what he believed was imminent death. It was part of the miracle that the Captain had the skill sets to land a jet liner with no engine power on water. All survived.
Mike lives his faith every day. He was a successful attorney in private practice and the Sheriff’s Office wanted him as General Council at a significant pay cut. He said money isn’t everything and joined them. Now he kisses his wife good-bye with the knowledge that he isn’t guaranteed a safe return.