Marine who lost leg in Iraq fulfills dream of becoming Brevard deputy

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A United States Marine who lost a leg while serving in Iraq is now living his dream of being a Brevard County deputy.

Robert Smith, who was injured by an improvised explosive device in 2008, was recently sworn is as a deputy.

He went through the same training as other new deputies.

“I performed a lot better than I thought I would,” he said. “I find you still doubt a lot of things you can do until you actually do them.”

Tattoos on his arms are a reminder of how he got where he is today.

“I was amputated above the knee,” Smith said.

Smith said he knew he had to try, because even if he had failed, that would have been better than not knowing what he was capable of.

“I think he’s bringing hope and a positive attitude. He’s inspiring so many who are working with him,” said Maria Fernez with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Smith will be in a patrol car next week with another officer.

In total, Smith will have to complete 16 weeks of training with the Sheriff’s Office before he is patrolling on his own.