BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — A U.S. Marine Corps veteran who lost his legs below the knee after stepping on an explosive in Afghanistan is joining a suburban New York police department.
Matias Ferreira just completed 29 weeks of training at the Suffolk County Police Academy on Long Island.
After a graduation ceremony , the 6-foot-1 (1.9-meter), 215-pound (98-kilogram) rookie will be in a patrol car next week.
“I just got chills. I hear the pipe band play drums and this beat going through my body. Have this pride going through you. You completed this dream that you didn’t know you could complete,” said Matias Ferreira.
Ferreira was a lance corporal in the Marines in 2011 when he was injured. He was leading a team at a compound of suspected Taliban fighters when he jumped off a roof and onto a hidden bomb.
Within three months he was up and walking on prosthetic legs. He’s played on a softball team of wounded veterans. He also is a scuba diver, skydiver and motorcycle rider.
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