“Douglas Miller”

555 Fitness Hero WOD

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  • 5 Rounds for Time
  • 1 Power Clean (135/95 lb)
  • 2 Thrusters (135/95 lb)
  • 3 Power Snatches (135/95 lb)
  • 4 Push Presses (135/95 lb)
  • 5 Front Squats (135/95 lb)
  • 6 Deadlifts (135/95 lb)

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Douglas Miller, FDNY, Rescue 5, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

Douglas C. Miller‚ a 34-year-old Firefighter with Rescue 5 in Staten Island‚ gave his life on 9/11. Doug was on the Department just shy of 6 years. He began his career as a firefighter with Ladder 172/Engine 330 in Brooklyn. Douglas was also an instructor at the Fire Training Center and an avid scuba diver.

He was the proud father of 3 beautiful daughters‚ Elizabeth 7‚ Rachel 6‚ and Katie 4. His wife of 12 years‚ Laurie‚ will always miss his incredible sense of humor‚ his wonderful smile‚ and his kind manner.

Doug was a man born with great concern for others. He lived his dream of service to the community within the FDNY as well as on the volunteer level as Chief of the Mill Rift Fire Department.

Every individual who had the chance to meet Doug fell in love with his spirit. Doug was warm‚ sincere‚ and full of life‚ and gave fully of that life to save others.

Elizabeth, Rachel and Katie Miller miss their daddy. They miss sitting on Daddy's lap -- all three -- and watching the movie "Ghostbusters." They miss Daddy lying in bed to keep them warm. They miss Daddy hanging them outside of windows by ropes during the family "fire drills," making small baskets under their hips. They wonder who will put the lights on the chimney this year.

Their daddy, Douglas C. Miller, 34, was a firefighter in Rescue Company 5 of Staten Island. He and their mother, Laurie, met when he was 15, she 16. He visited relatives over the summer in Mill Rift, Pa., where Laurie grew up. When he returned home to Long Island, he sent her audio tapes of his voice, telling her he missed her. "We were young, and we were in love," said Laurie.

They married seven years later. Now in the bedroom, she hangs a 20-by-15-inch picture of him, in uniform. "I am trying to be strong for the girls," she said. A local council member has volunteered to climb their three-story house to put the lights on the chimney.
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