555 Fitness Hero WOD
- For Time
- 50 Back Squats (135/95 lb)
- 40 Burpees
- 30 Overhead Squats (135/95 lb)
- 20 Burpees
- 10 Front Squats (135/95 lb)
Nobody can take your daddy away from you, you know that you are the son and daughter of a great man, a hero, a fallen warrior. . ." (statement including a quote from Mayor Rudolph Giuliani by a friend of Frank Palombo, FDNY Ladder 105, deceased)
Frank Palombo was a New York City Firefighter from Ladder 105 in Brooklyn. His memorial service was held Saturday, 10.20.01 at St. Colomba's on West 25 Street in Chelsea. Frank left a wife and ten children. Frank gave his life at the World Trade Center saving civilians. Frank was in or near the Marriott Hotel when the first tower collapsed. "The worst part of this for me is the children," Mayor Giuliani said at the memorial service, and then turning to the 10 children added: "Nobody can take your daddy away from you, you know that you are the son and daughter of a great man, a hero, a fallen warrior." We all are members of Frank Palombo's extended family.
The hole left in the earth at the foot of Manhattan is nothing compared to the hole left in our hearts by Frank Palombo's departure from this earth. Please remember Frank Palombo. Say his name out loud. Frank Palombo. When friends teased Frank Palombo about fathering 10 children, he would reply with a grin, "I want more."
Palombo, a deeply religious man, attended Cathedral Prep Seminary in Elmhurst, Queens, and was contemplating the priesthood, but he was too much in love with his friend Raymond's kid sister, Jean Marie Courtien, whom he had known as a child.
The couple wed and settled in Brooklyn to raise a family while Palombo began a career with the New York Fire Department. Though he loved his job, he was looking forward to retiring, said his wife's sister, Shelly Hogan of Brookville.
Palombo, 46 and due to retire in January, was among six firefighters from Brooklyn Battalion 57 reported missing while rescuing survivors from the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Skilled with his hands, the Brooklyn-born firefighter was always making things for his home in Brooklyn's Park Slope section, Hogan said. He loved to cook for his family and to take his eight sons and two daughters to nearby Prospect Park to play football and other games. "He was always happy and always had children hanging from him," Hogan said. "He had a big heart." Jean Marie Palombo and her children are finding solace by praying together every night, her sister said.