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Don't call him a "rookie" - This Tacoma officer has spirit

After rehabilitation and being fitted with a prosthetic leg the 25-year old wanted to continue serving his country in uniform, so he applied for and was accepted by the Tacoma PD. He had no problems with the physical test and ran the mile in under 12 minutes, fast enough to qualify. He is now halfway through training at the police academy and has gained the respect and admiration of those around him. He is expected to graduate Jan. 20, 2005. He joined the Army at 17, becoming the latest member of his family to join the military. Both his grandfathers served, and his father fought as a Marine in the Vietnam War before joining the Los Angeles Police Department.

"Our only requirement is they are capable of stepping up and doing the job 100 percent," Lt. Karen Kelly said. "We recognize this young man is going to be a leader in our department."

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