SUFFOLK COUNTY, N.Y. – A double amputee Marine with willpower that could move mountains has graduated from the police academy, making history in the process.
Officer Matias Ferreira, 28, is the first double amputee veteran in history to graduate from a police academy. Ferreira is officially an officer with the Suffolk County Police Department in New York.
In 2011, while serving in Afghanistan, he stepped on an IED and lost both legs below the knees.
“The and we’re dealt in life, we just have to take it, adapt and overcome,” said Ferreira.
Despite the remarkable accomplishment of becoming a police officer, Ferreira is as humble as ever, crediting his success to his wife, daughter, family and friends.
“It’s really hard to fail at something when somebody’s pushing you the whole way. … They won’t let you quit so you can’t quit on yourself,” he told ABC News.
Ferreira graduated class president and class speaker after 29 weeks of tough training. He’s looking forward to his future as a police officer.
“Once you lose a limb, you think that your life is going to completely change. … It’s really up to you. You know, the technology that’s coming out and with a good attitude — you combine those two — you can do whatever you want.”