EXCLUSIVE: Fulton Co. officer speaks following release from hospital after leg amputation

Officer returns home after motorcycle crash

ATLANTA -- It was nearly a month ago when Capt. Breylan Hicks lost half of his leg during a motorcycle accident.

The crash happened the night of Aug. 9 in Fayetteville. Capt. Hicks was off duty riding his personal motorcycle near Kite Lake Road when he somehow lost control and crashed.

On Saturday, with his wife and friends by his side, he was finally able to go home and was released from the Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine.

The crash severed his lower right leg, but Hicks said he doesn't remember a thing.

"The accident was less than a mile from the house and it was actually on my street," Hicks told 11Alive. "All I remember was, I was going very slow, and all I remember was a flash, but I have no idea what it was. After that, I woke up seven, eight days later."

It wasn't until a couple of days after he had awaken when he realized part of his leg was missing and all he could do was think about his job. 

"Once I realized that I lost part of my leg, my mindset switched to what do I need to do to effectively continue do my job as best as I can," Hicks said. "I train, I'm a supervisor, I'm SWAT. With all of that, give me a leg and I'm back at it again. I enjoy helping the citizens and that's what I want to get back to."

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Hicks has served as a police officer for more than 25 years, 21 of those years on Fulton County's SWAT team.

He's also a father of five children. He said the hardest part was trying to explain the accident to his kids. Now, he's focusing on taking the literal next steps.

"First of all, (we're) letting the leg heal," he said. "Once we do a shrinkage and the prosthetic is on, after that is going to therapy, and after that learning how to walk on it and getting back to work. That's what I'm looking forward to."

His wife said doctors have told them recovery time will take nearly one year.

Meanwhile medical bills are mounting. So, his friends set up a GoFundMe account to help with medical costs.

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