Matias Ferreira, a 28 year old motorcyclist and Marine Corps Veteran just became the first double-amputee to hold a full-time Police Officer position in the United States. The Afghanistan War Veteran was sworn in as an officer to the Suffolk County, NY Police Department on Friday, March 24, 2017 after having just completed 29 weeks of police training at the Suffolk County Police Academy on Long Island. Ferreria was a Lance Corporal in the Marines in 2011 when he was injured; he lost his legs just below the knee during a nighttime operation in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
6 years ago, Ferreria was leading a team at a compound of suspected Taliban fighters when he jumped off a roof and onto a hidden bomb. Within three months of his injury and amputation, he was up and walking on prosthetic legs, and now he is a rookie Police Officer in the great state of New York with his very own patrol car. Along with being a Police Officer, Marine Veteran, and motorcyclist, he is a scuba diver, a skydiver, and he’s played on a softball team of wounded Veterans like himself.
Hear more about Matias and his incredible story below, in an interview he just did with Fox & Friends, and tell us in the comments section if you think he’s truly an inspiration. On behalf of BON, we’d like to congratulate Officer Ferreria and wish him the best as he embarks on his journey with the Suffolk County, NY Police Department!