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“Hector Tirado Jr.”


555 Fitness Hero WOD

1.5K 35
  • For Time
  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps of:
  • Overhead Squats (135/95 lb)
  • 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 reps of:
  • Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups

Perform 10 overhead squats and 1 chest-to-bar pull-up during the first round, 9 overhead squats and 2 chest-to-bar pull-ups on the second round and so on.

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Hector Tirado, Jr., FDNY, Engine 23, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

As a New York City firefighter with Ladder Company 12, Angel Juarbe Jr. saved lives. He was also an aspiring actor who loved animals and spending time with his family. Hector Luis Tirado Jr., a member Engine Company 23, was a father of five who hoped one day to attend medical school.

Both were proud of their heritage and shared a desire to help the Hispanic community. Last May, when executives from the Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation proposed a 2002 calendar featuring firefighters and Emergency Medical Services personnel to raise money for the Hispanic Society F.D.N.Y., Juarbe and Tirado responded.

Juarbe enlisted others because the calendar was to benefit the society's recruitment effort and scholarship fund. "He got on the phone and he started getting all the guys and girls lined up that were interested," said Lt. Miguel Ramos, president of the Hispanic Society. "He was always one of the guys that I called up. He was a very active, outgoing type of guy."

Tirado was also enthusiastic."He was like, 'Wow, I'm not a star, I'm not a model type, but it's a big ego booster,' " said Richard Batista, 29, a firefighter with Engine 76. "I mean who doesn't want to be in a calendar?" Juarbe and Tirado, who auditioned with 70 men and 15 women last summer, were chosen as models and later posed for the photographer, D.C. Larue.

But they never got to take their star turn. On Sept. 11, Juarbe, 35, and Tirado, 30, were among the 343 firefighters who died in the attack on the World Trade Center. "We were literally put in shock," said Jodi Mutnansky, marketing director for the Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation in New York and the calendar's coordinator. The plan for a 12-month calendar to be in stores by late 2001 was dashed."It would have been very inappropriate to do it that quickly," Mutnansky said. "We needed time to chill out before we could get back to the normalcy of things."

The project eventually went forward, with some changes. "We decided to go with it and make it a tribute calendar for Angel and Hector," Ramos said. The Hispanic Society also had the blessing of the Juarbe and Tirado families."If they are gone, at least they are going to be alive in our minds and hearts," Juarbe's mother, Miriam, said. "There's no reason to forget them. They are our heroes. You never forget our heroes, and the more exposure they have the more they will be remembered for the ultimate sacrifice."
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