New York – Fox News reports that Marine Veteran Matias Ferreira, 28, became the first double amputee in the nation to become an active duty police officer on Friday. He was sworn in after graduating from the Suffolk County Police Academy. He will now become a patrol officer.
In 2011, Lance Corporal Ferreira was a machine gunner with the 1st Battalion 2nd Marines out of Camp LeJeune that was deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. As he and his team were setting up their equipment, he went to retrieve some other items, and jumped off the roof… only to land on a 30 pound bomb.
The blast shattered his legs, broke his pelvis and shattered his femur, which meant that both limbs had to be amputated from the knees. He says that his CO and the team were there with him for support as he was airlifted to Germany. Recovery took about year at Walter Reed hospital outside of Washington.
Improvise, Adapt, Overcome
Ferreira originally came from Uruguay. He dreamed of becoming a police officer or a US Marine when he was a child. He thought that if one dream of becoming a Marine didn’t work out, the other one would.
Today he stands on two titanium legs, the epitome of perseverance through obstacles and setbacks.
“If I break my leg I go the trunk of my car and put on a new one and I’m back on duty.” Matias Ferreira
After 29 weeks of rigorous police training, this gritty Marine is ready to work. He already has experience in saving lives, as back in 2015, he saved a baby from a smoking car after a traffic accident at Howard Beach.
“This is someone who served our nation, paid a significant sacrifice, and is now able to overcome adversity in a tremendous way. He’s done a terrific job as a recruit in the academy, both physically, academically and in his leadership to the other recruits, and he’s going to make a fine officer.” Commissioner Timothy Sini to Newsday
Semper Fi, Officer Ferreira.