Oxnard Police Officer Makes History as First Amputee on Force


Oxnard Police Officer Makes History as First Amputee on Force

I am Ed Smith, an Oxnard amputation injury lawyer. Recently, the city of Oxnard made history. A veteran of the U.S. Navy became the first member of the Oxnard police force with an amputated leg after successfully completing his training at the Camarillo training center for criminal justice.

The Details

Officer Aaron Heldreth, age 31, lost his left leg following a motor-vehicle accident at San Diego in 2008. At the time of the accident, Heldreth, 22, had served in the U.S. Navy for around five years. After undergoing multiple amputation procedures on his left leg and other surgeries, he was able to rejoin his construction dive team with the Navy and stayed in the Navy eight more years.


Heldreth held a 4.0 average in college, where he received a bachelor’s degree. In addition to being a fast runner, he entered swimming competitions with the Wounded Warrior Games and won several gold medals.

Police Officer

Heldreth decided it was time for a new career, and one of the choices he considered was as a police officer. Thinking it would not be possible for him to pursue becoming a policeman because of his leg amputation, he was surprised that the recruiter for Oxnard was receptive to the idea. The training course was grueling and lasted six months. One part of the training was the physical fitness regimen required of police officers.

Graduation Day

Heldreth’s wife and family joined him, along with the families of the other 45 graduates, at the performing arts center in Oxnard for the graduation ceremony. He is particularly happy to be able to stay in the city where he has lived for many years.

Amputations Result in Life-Altering Changes

When an individual loses a limb due to the negligence of another individual, their life changes. Suddenly, routine tasks seem insurmountable and going back to work, particularly if the work involves physical prowess, seems like a dream. However, with the advent of functional prosthetic devices for limb control and the use of rehabilitation techniques, the person can work to re-enter daily life. While not everyone achieves the same level of rehabilitation, there are individual goals for each person. 

Amputation injuries often result in surgical intervention, extended hospital stays, prostheses and periods of not being able to work. Rehabilitation therapy can be used to help individuals return to work or care for themselves. None of this is inexpensive.

Compensation for Amputation Injuries

In order to receive proper care after an amputation injury, an individual must be compensated for the financial loss his or her injuries caused. In some cases, insurers may cover expenses. However, if demands for recovery are not met or if the negligent party refuses to assume liability, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit.


Attorney Ed Smith

Chose a Amputation Injury Lawyer Who Will Fight for You

I am Ed Smith, an Oxnard amputation Injury lawyer, and I am happy to report Officer Aaron Heldreth’s brave story. I’ve seen the devastation amputation injuries can cause. Because of that, I use my experience to fight for people who have had accidents resulting in amputation with the aim of getting them fair and just compensation for their injuries.

If you or a member of your family suffered such an injury, call me at (805) 372-0200 locally or (800) 404-5400 toll-free. I am here to answer your questions and provide free and friendly advice.

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