Matias Ferreira and his family moved from Uruguay to America when Matias was 6 years old. From his early years he always admired men in uniform. He decided that he either would become a soldier or a member of law enforcement. Who knew it would take true courage to make his dream a reality.
January 21, 2011 on patrol in Afghanistan, Matias jumped from a building onto a bomb that took both his legs.
Within three months he was back in the United States walking with prosthetics starting a new life without his legs. One can only image the true courage it must have taken Matias to take those first steps with the attitude that he would just start over.
True Courage to start over
Soon he was doing things he never thought about prior to his injury. Playing softball with wounded warriors, skydiving, scuba diving, snowboarding and motorcycle riding.
But his biggest accomplishment came earlier this month when he was sworn-in as a police officer for the Suffolk County Police Department. ( He is the first double amputee to achieve this milestone).
Following his 29 week training which he passed at the same level as all officers, he was elected President of his class because of his true courage and the example he has set.
If Matias can rise to this level of success, what can you do?
Here is his story: