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“Durrell Pearsall”


555 Fitness Hero WOD

2.8K 90
  • 18-12-6 Reps for Time
  • Deadlifts (315/225 lb)
  • Box Jumps (30/24 in)

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Durrell “Bronko” Pearsall, FDNY, Rescue 4, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

Firefighter Durrell “Bronko” Pearsall’s body had been pulled from the ruins of the World Trade Center a month after he was killed on 11 September. The 34-year-old had served with Rescue 4, Engine 292. He had captained the fire department’s American football team, dubbed The Bravest, and played the drums with the FDNY Pipes and Drums. With the band Bronko, attended the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow and had made friends with Strathclyde fire crews.

The firefighter from Hempstead, on Long Island, had earned his nickname because of his powerful physique. He was over 6ft tall and built like an American football player. One friend said Bronko was so strong he could imagine falling steel bending around his body, allowing him to survive his mission into the stricken trade centre.

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