Double amputee, Marine veteran sworn-in as N.Y. police officer

Matias Ferreira, center, celebrates with his 2-year-old daughter, his wife, left, and his mother during his graduation from the Suffolk County Police Department Academy at the Health, Sports and Education Center in Suffolk, Long Island, New York, on Friday.(Photo: Andres Kudacki, AP)A U.S. Marine veteran who lost his legs during a tour of duty in Afghanistan is believed to be the first-ever double amputee to become a full active duty police officer in the U.S.Matias Ferreira was sworn in Friday as an officer with the Suffolk County Police Department in New York, six years after he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.The agency, in a Facebook post, said the injury didn’t deter him from achieving his life-long dream of becoming a police officer. Ferreira was sworn in with a group of 58 other officers, 43 of whom also had prior military experience.The class elected Ferreira its president and underwent 29 weeks of training. They’ll start work in the coming week.Matias Ferreira, center, celebrates with his colleagues during their graduation from the Suffolk County Police Department Academy at the Health, Sports and Education Center in Suffolk, N.Y., on Friday. Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghanistan in 2011, is joining the suburban New York police department. (Photo: Andres Kudacki, AP)”On behalf of the entire Suffolk County Police Department, we are honored to have these young men and women joining our ranks tomorrow and dedicating their careers to serving the residents of Suffolk County,” Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini said Thursday. “With their hard work, determination and bravery, we will continue to move this department forward and make Suffolk County an even safer place to live.”By being sworn in, the agency said Ferreira becomes the agency’s first-ever double amputee officer. The agency added he is “believed to become the first fully active duty double amputee police officer in the country.”The 28-year-old uses titanium prosthetics, Fox News reported. He was born in Uruguay and came to the U.S. when he was 6, the network said. He dreamed of being a cop as a kid.“I’m just really eager and excited to prove myself to my colleagues in my new job, my new career, that I’m capable of doing the job just as well as somebody with both legs,” Ferreira told Newsday. “I don’t think the prosthetics hinder me in any way.”Follow Sean Rossman on Twitter: @SeanRossmanRead or Share this story: http://usat.ly/2nQEsKj