On Friday, Marine Corps veteran Matias Ferreira, became the first cop to graduate to active duty despite being a double amputee. He completed his training at Suffolk County Police Department Academy in New York, and will be beginning duty soon. 28-year-old, Ferreira lost both legs to an IED whilst deployed in Afghanistan in 2011, department heads are thrilled that a veteran in his condition has been able to complete the training in just 29 weeks.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
The Suffolk County Police Department believes Ferreira is not only the first active-duty, double-amputee cop in the agency, but also in the entire country.
“It’s pretty incredible,” Ferreira told ABC News. “I’m truly honored to be part of the department. When I first got on, I didn’t know how good I would do — maybe having some self-doubts in the beginning — but I had a very supportive staff, very supportive recruit class. Everybody kept pushing me through.”
After a long recovery following his injuries, the road to success has not been easy for Ferreira. The crowd at the graduating ceremony burst into applause as he accepted his certificate and was voted class president.
He said he doesn’t think the prosthetic limbs will inhibit him from carrying out the duties of a police officer.
“If I break my leg,” he told Fox5NY, “I go to the trunk of my car and i put on a new one and I’m back on duty.”