New York: Matias Ferreira must be feeling over the moon. A U.S. Marine veteran, he lost both his legs in the line of duty in far away Afghanistan. There is no denying that with losing his legs he must have also lost every hope of being able to walk.
Thankfully, with determination and persistence, he is not just able to walk, but has also become full active duty police officer. A US Today report says that Matias Ferreira is the first-ever double amputee to become a full active duty police officer in the U.S.
Reports suggest that while serving in Afghanistan, he lost both his legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. Several years later, he has now joined Suffolk County Police Department in New York as an officer.
A report in KTLA says that “More than 40 members of Ferreira’s graduating class are also military veterans. His fellow newly minted officers voted him their class president”. “On behalf of the entire Suffolk County Police Department, we are honored to have these young men and women joining our ranks tomorrow and dedicating their careers to serving the residents of Suffolk County… With their hard work, determination and bravery, we will continue to move this department forward and make Suffolk County an even safer place to live,” Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini said in a statement.
By being sworn in, the agency said Ferreira becomes the agency’s first-ever double amputee officer. The agency added he is “believed to become the first fully active duty double amputee police officer in the country.”
A Fox News report says that the 28-year-old military veteran now uses titanium prosthetics. “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” says he.
He comes with a never die spirit when he says, “If I break my leg…I go to the trunk of my car and I put on a new one and I’m back on duty.”