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