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Double-amputee Marine veteran becomes active-duty police officer

Lance Corporal Matias Ferreira lost both his legs after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan. Now he will become one of the first active-duty double-amputee police officers in the country today. Ferreira will graduate from the Suffolk County Police Academy after completing 6 months of training. He was elected by his fellow graduates as the class president and will be the speaker during the ceremony.

Ferreira had both legs below the knees amputated after he stepped on a 30-pound IED during a tour in 2011. After the amputations, Ferreira had to go through a year of rehabilitation while getting used to his prosthetic legs. Ferreira then joined the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. This allowed him to travel the country and play against other teams of amputee veterans. He met his wife Tiffany during a stop in Long Island in 2012.

In 2015 Ferreira saved a baby from a smoking car after it crashed in Howard Beach. Ferreira currently lives in Wantagh with his wife and their 2-year-old daughter Tianna.

“I’m just really eager and excited to prove myself to my colleagues in my new job, my new career, that I’m capable of doing the job just as well as somebody with both legs. I don’t think the prosthetics hinder me in any way.” – Ferreira

There were no shortcuts taken during his recruitment. Ferreira passed all physical tests for someone in his age category. He ran a mile and a half within the required 12 minutes, 29 seconds. He did 38 sit-ups and 29 push-ups. Now he’ll drive a police car like any other officer.

He is scheduled to start patrolling the First Precinct in West Babylon next week. God Bless this veteran!

Source: ABC News
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