Thursday, June 22, 2017

Iraq Marine Veteran Became Police Officer...After Amputation

Marine veteran amputee to become Chula Vista police officer
FOX 5 San Diego
BY SALVADOR RIVERA
JUNE 21, 2017

OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- Chris Lawrence is about to realize his dream of becoming a police officer. He's been hired by the Chula Vista Police Department.
His journey has been long and painful.

At 20 years of age, he found himself in Iraq serving with fellow Marines. An improvised explosive device was set off as he crossed a bridge, critically damaging his feet and left arm.

It would be months before he started walking again, but when he did, his right leg wasn't responding and was ultimately amputated.

"I always looked up to them and thought about becoming an officer after I got out of the Marine Corps, that's something I would do," Lawrence said.
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