This dude is my new hero. There are people with two fully functioning legs that wouldn’t do what this Marine did.
NY Daily News – Once a Marine, always a Marine.
Just ask Matias Ferreira, who, despite already losing both legs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, risked his health and safety Wednesday to save a baby from a smoking car in Queens.
Ferreira, who is getting married Friday, could have easily ignored the crash and gone home to Wantagh, L.I., to his bride-to-be and packed for their Aruba honeymoon.
But duty — and a frantic mother trapped in the driver’s seat — called.
“My baby! My baby!,” the desperate driver cried after her car plowed into a median pole on Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach.
Ferreira, 26, thought of his own 11-month-old daughter. He jumped out of the pickup truck he was driving and sprinted on his prosthetic legs into action with his brother and future father-in-law in tow.
While his fianceé’s dad and his brother got the mother and father out of the smoking car, Ferreira tore off a headrest, squeezed into the backseat and freed the baby from her car seat.
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