LONG ISLAND, N.Y. – A double amputee has graduated from the police academy and is ready to go into service. The Long Island man who served in the Marine Corps and lost both legs below the knees after stepping on a bomb in Afghanistan was sworn in Friday. He is possibly the first fully active duty double amputee police officer in the country, reported Fox News.
Matias Ferreira, 28, graduated from the Suffolk County Police Academy in Brentwood, L.I. His first assignment as a precinct patrol officer begins next week. He told Fox 5 New York he isn’t worried if he breaks a leg on the job.
“If I break my leg I go the trunk of my car and put on a new one and I’m back on duty,” he good-naturedly told them.
Ferreira’s legs were shattered after suffering threw a 2011 blast in Afghanistan. He jumped from a roof and landed on a 30 lb. bomb, he told Fox News. As a result, doctors were forced to amputate. And that wasn’t all the damage. He also had a broken pelvis and shattered femur. The machine-gunner spent nearly a year recovering in a hospital outside Washington.
The Marine and now police officer stands on titanium prosthetics, Newsday reported. He dreamed of being a cop as a kid.
Ferreira completed 29-weeks of training at the academy, passing the same rigorous challenges as other recruits. According to the Suffolk County Police Facebook page, Ferreira was the president of his graduating class.
Stuart K. Cameron, Chief of Department, Suffolk County Police Department told LET, “He (Ferreira) is a truly amazing and inspirational individual who overcame a lot of obstacles to get where he is today.”
He was born in Uruguay and moved to the U.S. when he was 6, Fox 5 reported.
Tiffiany Ferreira said she was proud of her husband.
“To watch my husband achieve his dream that I think most people would think wasn’t even possible is really special,” she said.
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