Nation's First One-Armed Officer Graduates From Police Academy

Inspires others to go for it

Jerod Bradford of Cowan, Tenn., is both an inspiration and a role model as the first upper-limb amputee in the country to graduate from a policy academy.

"I just want to do my job, I want to give back to the community and I want to help," Bradford said in an interview with WTVF-TV after surviving the 10-week training.

Bradford lost part of his left arm and a finger on his right hand after a near death electrocution 10 years ago.

Bradford demonstrated ingenuity to pass the physical requirements of the police exam. As the officer told the TV station, he attached a crutch tip filled with epoxy and bolted it onto his prosthetic so he could do pushups and not slide.

"You can succeed in anything, all you have to do is try, don't let anybody tell you otherwise," he told WTVF.

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Respect to this decision of the Government and also respect to that officer. It is an example, that a policeofficer
comes from motivation and not from the uniform

November 03 2013 at 7:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I absolutely cannot believe all the cruel posts here. All of you who have made disparaging comments about this man should examine your souls. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

October 24 2013 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian Workman

Why not!? They have female firefighters!?

October 24 2013 at 9:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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What makes you think a female cannot put out a fire? It's fire, doused with water....

October 24 2013 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He wants to work ---we all know the type of people that makes angry -- THE LAZY SLUGS
I WISH HIM WELL .... ^ 5

October 24 2013 at 6:43 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

You can always spot the posts--- from the cop hating felons-------- even cop haters dial --911

October 24 2013 at 6:39 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

That hook on his arm can be a great asset as a policeman. Good for him - perhaps we can get some disabled veterans jobs.

October 24 2013 at 6:04 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

The INCREDIBLE Spirit of Man !

October 24 2013 at 5:53 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

This is the difference from someone who wants to work and earn a living, and someone who wants to milk the system on disability. This is a real man, who can look himself in the mirror and set a good example for his kids

October 24 2013 at 4:21 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Greg, ya old Sod

Great story. As a former cop I wish him the very best of luck!

October 24 2013 at 2:23 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

way to go good for him

October 24 2013 at 2:19 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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