One-armed skydiver performs 1,000th jump

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FREMONT COUNTY, Colo.–Tommy Fergerson performed his 1000th skydive at the Fremont County Airport on Saturday.

Despite the amputation of his left arm, 20 broken bones, damage to his kidney and lung, a hole in his heart and a stroke, he Fergerson chose to keep diving.

Fergerson was presented with his 1000th jump wings from the United States Parachute Club.

“It’s something when I first started I never imagined I would hit my 1000th sky dives. I’m fixen to turn 58,” Tommy said.

Family and friends drove from all across the state to watch him take the milestone leap. He was even awarded a new set of “wings” for the accomplishment.

Tommy’s wife was on the ground waiting for her husband to land safely. She said that she met Tommy when he was already chasing his goal of 1,000 completed jumps.

“Since the day I met Tommy, he wanted to hit 1,000 jumps and here we are. We are surrounded by family and friends. It is beautiful,” Cathy said.

Cathy said that Tommy isn’t the only one who has been injured while skydiving.

“Once I did a tandem skydive. I shattered my leg, so, we are not the poster people for skydiving but everyone should try it once in their life,” Cathy said.

Saturday’s jump was also all about raising money for the Fergerson’s non-profit called Clasp Life. According to their Facebook page their goal is to: “We strive to help others achieve their goals using whatever means necessary. To lend a helping hand to those who just need a little assistance. To find the resources or equipment needed to make ones quality of life more fulfilling. To inspire by speaking and showing others nothing is impossible.

“You still have your faith no matter what happens to you. I truly believe more than anything that is what got me back up in the sky,” Tommy said.

If you re looking for help or want to donate to the Fergerson’s non-profit you can HERE.

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