A North Carolina police officer who lost his feet while working as a contractor in Iraq has won back his place on the police force, MyFOXWGHP.com reports.
Ken Leonard passed his physical to return to the High Point, N.C., force with 24 seconds to spare on Thursday.
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"Somebody told me one time they said, 'You know, what you've lost is just bone and muscle. You've still got heart, and you've still got, you know, what's up here,'" Leonard told MyFOXWGHP.com, pointing to his head.
Leonard lost his feet in December 2005, while working for a private security firm in Iraq.
The former cop had to pass the Police Officers Physical Abilities Test, which includes a 200-yard run, in under 7 minutes, 20 seconds. In May, he was only able to complete the test in 8 minutes, 36 seconds.
On Thursday, Leonard realized his dream, completing the test in 6 minutes, 56 seconds.
Leonard told MyFOXWGHP.com that a Winston Churchill quote, "Never, never, never give up," kept him focused on his goal.
"It's kind of like trying to get back to your life," Leonard told the station. "Where you were before, and I think that's the key to it."