Retired U.S. Marine CPL Robert Smith was severely wounded while on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq. His unit encountered an IED which wounded many members of his unit, including CPL Smith, his right leg had to be amputated.
CPL Smith’s life changed in a split second ad his life-long dream of becoming a deputy sheriff seemed out of reach. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal and was fitted with a prosthetic leg that gave him hope to pursue his dream again.
[quote_box_center]“After I was injured, I kinda came to the realization that I refuse to not live my life and do the things that I wanted to do,” he said [/quote_box_center]
On Friday CPL Robert Smith became Deputy Smith as he was sworn into the Brevard County Sheriff in Florida. He had to pass a grueling physical test which included running a 400 yard dash, an obstacle course, and dragging 150 lbs for 40 yards.