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“Adam Rand”


555 Fitness Hero WOD

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  • EMOM for 15 minutes
  • From 0:00-5:00, every minute on the minute of:
  • 5 Thrusters (115/85 lb)
  • From 5:00-10:00, every minute on the minute of:
  • 3 Thrusters (135/95 lb)
  • From 10:00-15:00, every minute on the minute of:
  • 1 Thruster (165/115 lb)

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Adam Rand, FDNY, Squad 288, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

Adam Rand always wanted to be a firefighter. When he graduated from high school, he joined the volunteer fire department in his Bellmore, N.Y., neighborhood. Even after Mr. Rand, 30, became a member of the New York City Fire Department in 1995, he continued to volunteer in Bellmore. For Mr. Rand, fighting fires was a calling. He reveled in the camaraderie and in learning new techniques that he could teach to younger firefighters.

Mr. Rand’s specialty was rescuing. On Sept. 11, he joined his fellow members of Squad 288 from Maspeth, Queens, at 2 World Trade Center. He was trying to evacuate people when the building collapsed.

“If he had to die, he died doing something he loved,” his mother, Mary Ann Rand, said. Mrs. Rand said that in addition to his devotion to firefighting, her son lived a life of full appreciation for other activities, like skiing, fishing, hunting and preparing for his forthcoming wedding.

At the firehouse in Bellmore, Mr. Rand will be remembered for his legendary Halloween costumes. He once arrived at the annual party wearing a redwood box. Mr. Rand had cut out a square hole on the back of the box so that his face could be seen. He was supposed to be the missing child on the back of a milk carton.

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