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Feb 17, 2013 6:29 PM by Lacey Steele

Pueblo sky diver survives crash and writes inspirational book

Imagine being an experienced skydiver, but one dive goes horribly wrong.

We met up with a Pueblo man who recently wrote a book called What the Freak Did I Hit?

It seemed like any other great day to sky dive back in April 2011, but for Tommy Fergerson, it would be a day he'd never forget.

"It's not the tragedy or the accident that defines you, it's what you do there afterwards," said Fergerson.

For some reason the wind shifted pushing him toward the ground.

He would crash into a trailer, knocking him out for several seconds.

With eight broken bones and his left arm completely limp, the crash didn't stop his sky diving career.

"I was back up sky diving eight weeks after the accident happened," said Fergerson. "I wanted to get back up in the sky and see that I could do it again, and it was a learning experience, a learning curve, jumping with one arm again."

But that arm was causing him some problems.

"We used to actually duct tape it to my body so I could jump," said Fergerson.

So a few months after his accident he had it amputated.

"The first time was a little bit different with one arm, so when I went out of the aircraft, I had no clue what was going to happen," said Fergerson.

Now Fergerson is trying to help others with a book he co-wrote called What the Freak Did I Hit?

"It was just to help other people to realize, even when you do have an accident or a tragedy because I deal with people that's been in auto accidents, that's where a lot of people lose limbs, that life doesn't stop," said Fergerson. "It just changes."

A horrible event turned into an inspirational lesson.

The book was co-written with Kisi Thompson.

It's on Amazon, or you can find a copy at Fergerson's office here in Pueblo at 2022 S. Pueblo Blvd.

 

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