FORT HOOD, Texas (KCEN) — Retired Sergeant William Fisher is new to the Fort Hood Police Department, and he is already turning heads. In fact, as far as Fisher knows, he is the only officer of his kind in the entire Department of Defense.
It is not Fisher’s 16 years of military service or his dedication to serving others that sets him apart. It’s something entirely different that makes him special.
“Wearing pants all the time you really can’t tell that I’m an amputee,” said Fisher. “It is what it is. You can’t change it. You learn to live with it and adapt to it.”
In August of 2009, Fisher was deployed in Iraq when he fell 40-feet from an overlook. As he landed standing up, he crushed his right ankle and broke his back.
“After four years and six surgeries on my ankle of trying to revive it, fix it, and fuse it together, my life vs. the pain wasn’t worth it,” he said. “Amputation was probably the best decision I ever had to make concerning my injury.”
After amputating his right leg in 2013 and medically retiring from the Army, Fisher began his journey of public service as a civilian. After a recommendation to join law enforcement, he started a nine-week course to become a military police officer.
“It wasn’t until week five that everyone in my class knew I was an amputee. I would take PT tests wearing pants to not show my prosthetic,” he said. “It confused everybody for a little bit because they didn’t realize I was an amputee doing all the obstacles and the same training they were doing.”
Fisher proved to his classmates that his disability didn’t define him, and changed their perspective on amputees.
“Being an amputee and walking around in a uniform, I hope others see it and say, ‘Hey maybe I don’t have it so rough or so bad’,” he said. “It’s finding something inside of you to help push you along.”