Oorah! Double-Amputee Marine Is Now A Cop

Former U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Matias Ferreira lost his legs in Afghanistan in 2011 when he stepped on a hidden explosive. Now this double-amputee has joined the police department of Suffolk County, N.Y., located on Long Island.

Ferreira jumped off of a roof of a building in a suspected Taliban compound and unfortunately landed on a bomb. It resulted in him losing both legs due to amputation. He recalled,

“As soon as I landed I knew something was wrong because it was like a movie almost. I heard a noise and everything went black. I just saw blood throughout my pants.”

He was eventually transported back to the U.S. for recovery and rehabilitation.

After three months, he was released from the hospital with two new titanium legs.

“I was up and walking in prosthetics and really just starting my new life.”

Not one for just sitting around feeling sorry for himself, Ferreira tried things he had never done before including snowboarding, scuba diving, skydiving, and riding a motorcycle. Add to that playing on a softball team with other wounded warriors.

U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Matias Ferreira

He also tried a number of different jobs including welding and working as a steamfitter.

Ferreira said,

“I just really want to be able to help people. I want to be involved in the community, and the police department definitely allows you to do that.”

So he decided to take the exam to become a policeman. He not only scored a perfect score of 100, he was elected class president by his fellow recruits.

In a public statement, Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said,

“He has served this great country with outstanding distinction, and will now serve and protect the residents of Suffolk County.”

Ferreira has previously made two comments about his rather distinctive condition.

One is about life:

“The only disability we have is the ones that we make.”

And one is about keepin on keeping on:

“If I break my leg, I go in the trunk and put on a different one and I keep on going.”

We veterans congratulate Matias Ferreira on his new career.

And we also say, “Semper Fi Marine”!

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]

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