Former Florida firefighter raises thousands for first responders with custom knives

  • Source: WMBB-TV ABC 13 Panama City
  • Published: 08/05/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: A former firefighter has found a creative way to show his appreciation for first responders, and he does all the work from his bed. “I got into it because I was told I physically couldn’t do it. And can’t is not in my vocabulary.” Meet Michael Olson, a former fighter, who suffered a severe back injury. It left him disabled and mostly bedridden. So, he began creating custom knives by hand from his bed. “Rather than sit in bed and vegetate I found something that I could do,” Olson said. “It took me a lot of work to get this good. Most people need a vice and a file guide to do what I do freehand and laying in bed.” His hobby earned him the name “Mike the Knife.” Olson decided to raffle one of his knives for charity 18 months ago and it’s grown from there, raising a lot of money for non-profits.


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