Dou­ble-am­putee Ma­rine vet joins NYPD

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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.

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