Catch me in action!
In a world that often seems filled with hate and negativity, Michael Chase is a beacon of hope, reminding us all of the immense impact that a little kindness can have. Through his inspiring speeches and life’s work, Chase is helping to create a more compassionate, empathetic, and kinder world, one person at a time.
SPEAKER | TEACHER | COACH | COP
Michael Chase is a School Resource Officer at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School, in Danvers, MA. Officer Chase joined the Danvers Police Department as a Patrolman in 2016. In 2017, he received the Life Saver Award from the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee when he and fellow officers came to the aid of man in need during a medical emergency. He was also recognized as a “Hero Among Us” by the Boston Celtics, for his life saving efforts as a civilian first responder during the tragedy at the Boston Marathon in 2013.
Prior to joining the Danvers Police Department, Officer Chase was employed by the Northshore Education Consortium. From 2001-2016, he worked at an alternative educational program for students in grades 7-12 who require therapeutic programming to address their social, emotional, and behavioral health needs.
After years in the classroom, Chase transitioned into a leadership role as the Director of Student Support Services. In that capacity, he was responsible for the overall safety of the program, and he worked with students to develop skills necessary to be successful in the classroom, at home and in the community.
By joining the staff at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School in 2018, Officer Chase was able to take the experience and skills from his days in the classroom and combine that with everything he had learned from a few years working as a street cop. Chase strives to positively impact school culture by implementing new programming that helps students achieve success.
Beyond his speaking engagements and career in law enforcement, Michael Chase is the proud father of his amazing, kind, and spirited 14-year-old daughter, Makena. She can be seen assisting on the sidelines as her father coaches high school soccer each fall.
Whether it was handing out candy from his police cruiser on Halloween or shoveling driveways for elders during winter storms while in uniform, Chase has dedicated his life to supporting the community he loves and furthering his message that "Kindness is a Lifestyle".
Michael Chase quickly made a name for himself as a dynamic and inspiring speaker, traveling the country to deliver an uplifting and thought-provoking perspective on the power of kindness and how it can transform individuals and communities. With humor, sincerity, and a wealth of personal anecdotes, Chase has won over audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Attendees are shown how one act of kindness can make a profound difference in someone's life and in turn, ripple out to touch the lives of countless others.
Born and raised in a small town just north of Boston, Michael Chase always had a passion for helping others and spreading positivity. This has never been more evident since April of 2013. Chase was only a few feet from the second blast during the terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon. Michael Chase evaded fatal physical harm but did not remain unscathed. He still struggles with the memories, images, and impact from the actions of a human with seemingly no humanity.
Michael champions kindness as a transformative force, relentlessly inspiring others to adopt this vital principle in their own lives.
How does one transform adversity and pain into purpose and impact?
MICHAEL'S sPEAKING tOPICS
From Victim to Victor
Michael Chase will share his inspirational story of survival from his experience at the epicenter of the terrorist attacks during the Boston Marathon in 2013 and how this experience changed his life forever. Chase’s emotional account will help the crowd reassess the way they treat themselves and others, so the audience becomes empowered to make positive change and live intentionally kinder lives.
Kindness is a Lifestyle
Positively Impacting School Culture
A behind the scenes look at Michael Chase’s creation of “Kindness Week” at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School in Danvers, MA. Allow him to guide you through the process of creating an event within your school or district that can have a lasting impact on every student and staff member!
Know Your Role
Officer Michael Chase will support School Resource Officers as they carve out their role within the school community. What can you bring to the hallways of your campus?
Chase’s unique 3-point framework provides SROs with relevant and engaging ways to drastically improve an officer’s:
1. Relationships with Students
2. Relationships with Staff
3. Impact on School Culture
Michael Chase's presentation skills are truly exceptional. He has a remarkable ability to tailor his content to suit the audience he is addressing. Having witnessed his presentations to both student and adult groups, I can attest to his impressive capacity to connect with his listeners. I am delighted that Michael has been able to impart his vital message to our school community.
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
As co-captain of Danvers High School's varsity soccer team, I had the privilege of getting to know Michael Chase during his first year as coach. Michael was a true leader and quickly became a mentor to every player in the program. Shortly after I returned from combat as a US Marine, Michael showed the world what courage and leadership were by his actions during the Boston Marathon bombing. We spoke the following day, realizing we both shared experiences that very few fully understand. I hung the newspaper article of his actions in our USMC hangar and told every Marine about his heroic actions. Unknown to Michael, he became a hero to over 300 US Marines. Each of them agreed “the hero in the blue shirt” may not wear the same uniform, but he is one of us. The Sheepdog guarding the flock from wolves. Michael Chase is a hero’s hero.
United States Marine Corps
Owner - KAPture Digital Media
San Diego, CA
I had the honor of attending a presentation by Michael Chase where he shared his experiences during the Boston Marathon bombing and his remarkable perseverance and resilience in the following weeks, months, and years. His ability to transform such a tragic event not only in his life, but in the lives of many others, into a source of positivity is truly motivational. As a fellow Police Officer and School Resource Officer, I strongly recommend hearing his story and discovering what it means to be a true hero in real life. You will leave feeling uplifted and ready to face whatever challenges come your way. I certainly did.
School Resource Officer
Middleton Police Department