Lance Cpl. Matias Ferreira was leading a mission in Afghanistan. A machine gunner, he jumped from a rooftop to get some supplies. However what he didn't know was there was a 30-pound IED lying in wait in the ground where he landed.
Both legs were shattered and amputated below the knee. But that was not going to stop Ferreira once home. His childhood dream was to become a police officer. Not only did her accomplish that, he is the country's first double amputee police officer.
His 2 titanium legs don't hinder his ability to do his job for the Suffolk County PD.
"This is someone who served our nation, paid a significant sacrifice, and is now able to overcome adversity in a tremendous way," Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said. "He's done a terrific job as a recruit in the academy, both physically, academically and in his leadership to the other recruits, and he's going to make a fine officer."
There were no special shortcuts for Ferreira as a recruit either. He did everything anyone else was asked to do. "A lot of guys are like, 'What happens if one of your legs break?' " he said. " 'I'm sorry to say, but if I break my leg, I go in the trunk, I put on a new one. If you break your leg, you're out for a couple months, my friend.' "