Via USA Today:
A U.S. Marine veteran who lost his legs during a tour of duty in Afghanistan is believed to be the first-ever double amputee to become a full active duty police officer in the U.S.
Matias Ferreira (above, center) was sworn in Friday as an officer with the Suffolk County Police Department in New York, six years after he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
The agency, in a Facebook post, said the injury didn’t deter him from achieving his life-long dream of becoming a police officer. Ferreira was sworn in with a group of 58 other officers, 43 of whom also had prior military experience.
The class elected Ferreira its president and underwent 29 weeks of training. They’ll start work in the coming week.
“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,” Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini said Thursday. “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.”
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.”
The 28-year-old uses titanium prosthetics, Fox News reported. He was born in Uruguay and came to the U.S. when he was 6, the network said. He dreamed of being a cop as a kid.