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“John Chipura”


555 Fitness Hero WOD

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  • 2 Rounds for Time
  • 19 Deadlifts (225/115 lb)
  • 19 Bar Over Burpees

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to John Chipura, FDNY, Engine 219, who was killed on September 11, 2001. On Sept. 11, he arrived at Engine 219 to work the day tour and was detailed to Ladder Co. 105, which is housed in the same location. After reports of the first attack, he called his sister, Nancy Chipura, who worked on the 69th Floor of Tower 1. He was unable to make contact. Just before responding to the World Trade Center, Mr. Chipura called his fiancee, Gina DeFalco, who also worked Downtown, for more information about Nancy.

He received no word about his sister when he arrived at the scene at 8:45 a.m. with Ladder 105. Witnesses told the family he was last seen assisting in the evacuation of many people from Tower 2. “He was inside when it collapsed,” said his brother. “I know he was looking for my sister.”

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