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“Gerard Schrang”


555 Fitness Hero WOD

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  • 3 Rounds for Time
  • 5 Deadlifts (275/185 lb)
  • 10 Burpees
  • 15 Box Jumps (24/20 in)
  • 20 Double-Unders

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This Firefighter WOD is dedicated to Gerard Schrang, FDNY, Rescue 3, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

Gerard Patrick Schrang, 45, of Holbrook, was a firefighter with Rescue Co. 3 in the Bronx. The father of two was believed to have been on the 93rd or 94th floor of the north tower when the building fell, his widow said. Schrang’s remains were recovered 11 days later.

The number of pranks Schrang pulled over the years are enough to fill a book, said his widow, Denise Schrang, 53, of Downsville, N.Y. When he was new on the job, she said, the other firefighters, who responded to a call, issued a directive. “They said since you’re a probie, you stay, get in the sink and do the dishes,” she recalled. Schrang did exactly as ordered. “He took all his clothes off,” she said. “He was butt-naked in the big sink washing the dishes when they came back.”

Shortly after her husband died, Denise Schrang moved to Downsville, a small town in upstate New York where the couple had bought a house. The Schrangs, who loved all that the outdoor lifestyle has to offer, including fishing and hunting, had planned to live out the remainder of their lives in retirement in Downsville. “We had a dream of living upstate,” said Denise, who is doing just that.

Like so many who perished at the Twin Towers, Gerard Schrang was a firefighter’s son who volunteered before he was old enough to vote and practiced search and rescue techniques as a form of relaxation.

Schrang was a 25-year member and former chief of the Holbrook Fire Department who served on the city’s elite Rescue 3 company in the Bronx. He was celebrating his 20th year as a city firefighter this year, having served previously on the Bronx’s Engine Co. 45, Engine 75 and 33 Truck companies.

“The fire department was his life,” Holbrook Assistant Chief Jim MacIntosh said. Volunteer training was a high priority for Schrang, who taught firefighters search and rescue and forcible entry techniques.

The father of two helped the Red Cross run a canteen during the TWA Flight 800 recovery effort, ex-chief Stephen McGerty said: “If anybody needed anything, [he] was always there.”

But Schrang also liked to play and was a former captain of the Holbrook Rebels team that competed in firefighter competitions. He left that behind a few years ago, McGerty said. “We get old eventually,” he said. “That’s for the kids.”

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