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Video: LAPD Officer Back on Patrol After Foot Amputated

August 15, 2014  | 

VIDEO: LAPD Officer Back on Patrol After Foot Amputated

Less than a year ago, LAPD Officer Marcial Cruz agonized he’d never be on patrol again. Doctors had removed a tumor on the bottom of his left foot. When it turned out to be cancer they were forced to amputate, reports CBS LA.

Wearing a new prosthetic foot made with Kevlar, Cruz said he got into the best shape of his life so he could prove he could get back out in the field.

Six months after losing his left foot, Officer Cruz was handed a certificate showing he had passed the department’s physical tests with flying colors. And he was immediately reinstated back to full duty.

Cruz has been back in the field for more than a month. His captain said Cruz proves his disability is not a setback.

Tags: LAPD, Returning To Duty


Comments (7)

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James @ 8/16/2014 10:37 AM

Very nice and an inspiration to countless people who have suffered injuries or illnesses. Well done. I wish you the best.

CaptMidnight @ 8/16/2014 11:33 AM

LAPD'S ANSWER TO ROBOCOP...........
"The future of Law Enforcement is here".........

TheRookie @ 8/16/2014 7:20 PM

Salina, KS Police Officer lost his eye in a shootout. This man rebounded. He studied, practiced his driving, & police tactics/skills. He blew all the tests out. Back on Patrol to this day. Glad to hear this about Office M. Cruz.

Tschako @ 8/16/2014 8:31 PM

The public doesn't realize that so many small injuries can be career-ending for police officers. Congratulations Officer Cruz for not letting this big injury end your career.

Michael @ 8/16/2014 9:48 PM

Congratulations! You show the true spirit of a warrior.

Bo2234 @ 8/18/2014 10:29 AM

Brother...you make us proud!!!

Christina @ 8/23/2014 11:27 PM

Congratulations Officer Cruz. My son beat cancer twice once at 5 & the 2nd time at 13. He had the same amputation as you did when he was 5 years. He is now 15 & very active in sports. He was talking about wanting to be a police officer when he got out of college.

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