Double-amputee military veteran graduates from police academy

Officer Matias Ferreira is celebrating a dream come true today.
1:48 | 03/24/17

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You know it's really an incredible moment today a former marine who lost both legs in an IDD explosion Afghanistan. Became a Suffolk county police officer the tires Ferreira is now believed to be the first fully active. Do you active duty double amputee officer in the entire country. And tonight he talked with us about his emotional accomplishment. AJ rots as a story. Opponents foods and commitment. Boom boom I'm forces in the teens Rivera's mind. The former marine who is standing ovation Friday as he was sworn in as one of the newest members of the Suffolk County Police Department. Becoming the first fully active double amputee police officer in the nation. I'm extremely humbled to be apart his apartment I'm really proud of what I've been able to accomplish. Ferraro lost both his lakes during a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the Marines in twin eleven. He says well he was going through rehabilitation at Walter Reed he was inspired by others to continue pursuing unlike that service. Swear I saw. Though other men and women were injured in combat. June rehab and seen them run on these prosthetics and swim in skydive and rock climb and just basically do anything I used to do before my injury. On Sunday there there was hope. Elected president of his graduating class after 29 months of intense training. His wife and two year old daughter T on shared loving embraces at the wheels of the ceremony. Anxious to begin this new mission with a new uniform perera hopes his perseverance will inspire others. But people that it's okay you know that it if you how prosthetic or you have a disability that you just put months ruining continue to move forward I'm EJ Ross channel seven Eyewitness News. Yeah he's an inspiration for so many inform amazing.

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