By Chuck Corder
May 24 began as a typical day for Jeremy Pate.
A 20-year veteran driver of Five Flags Speedway, the 39-year-old Pate woke up that morning and arrived downtown at the Port of Pensacola to help unload ships for his family’s business, Pate Stevedore Co., Inc.
But while conducting tasks he had expertly done since his teenage years, Pate slipped and had a freak accident.
His right arm got caught on a forklift’s exhaust pipe and, in an instant, all the tendons and muscles in that arm were severed along with one artery and nearly another.
“It was bad,” Pate harrowingly recalls.
The near-death […]