Double-amputee Marine vet joins NYPD
The BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — wounded warrior is now a cop and he’ll be walking — the beat on titanium legs.
Matias Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghani- stan in 2011, is joining a subur- ban New York police depart- ment.
The 28-year-old graduated Friday from the Suffolk County Police Academy on Long Island following 29 weeks of training.
The 6-foot-1 215-pound rookie passed all the physical training and other requirements just like any other recruit, including running a mile and a half in around 11 minutes. He begins patrols next week, a department spokesman said. Ferreira acknowledges the job will bring challenges, but approaches his new career with a sense of humor. He said he was once asked during academy training whether he has concerns about injuries.
“If I break my leg, I go in the trunk and put on a different one and I keep on going,” he said.