Tamarac Navy Sailor and K9 Handler Dies from Injuries in Afghanistan

Brodsky and his dog, Jackson. Photo Courtesy of April McCoy

Navy Petty Officer Second Class Michael J. Brodsky from Tamarac died Saturday of injuries suffered on July 7 from an improvised explosive device, the Defense Department reports.

Brodsky, 33, who was also a K9 dog handler, was part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Kandahar.

“Late Saturday night (July 7) in an undisclosed area of Afghanistan, Mike was on patrol. His unit started taking fire. He took his dog Jackson and put him back in the truck as he was trained to do, and then returned to the fight. It was then that he stepped on a pressure plate.”  Aonghas Crowe, Uncle to Brodsky’s wife.

In critical condition and unresponsive, Mike was flown to Germany where doctors tried to save him. On the morning of July 17, he was awarded the Purple Heart.

“He was in incredibly bad condition. The doctors, corpsmen, friends and family did everything possible. Mikey had a living will which clearly stated he did not want to be assisted to continue in the condition he was currently in and the condition that awaited him in the future..” Said his father Steve Brodsky via Facebook.

To read more about Michael Brodsky, please see his memorial page on Facebook.

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  • April McCoy

    How did you obtain this photo? I took this of Mike and Jackson in Yuma 2012

    • April, Thanks so much for writing. We would love to give you credit. We’re not certain who submitted the photo of Mike Brodsky to us but we will make sure that your name is attributed to this article.

      Thank you.