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“Joseph Farrelly”


555 Fitness Hero WOD

3.5K 47
  • For Load
  • Accumulate 10,000 lbs with any combination of:
  • Cleans
  • Snatches
  • Overhead Squats

Set the bar to any weight you want. Do not adjust the weight unless you have to. Move 10 000 lbs using any combination of the mentioned movements.

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Joseph Farrelly, FDNY, Division 1, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

He had a penchant for historical biographies, an affinity for Bruce Springsteen and a weakness for romance. He loved his wife and children and his job with the New York City Fire Department.

In retrospect, some might call it prophetic that Capt. Joseph D. Farrelly would leave a note on his wife’s pillow professing his love to her the night before he went missing in the World Trade Center catastrophe — as if it foreshadowed the impending disaster he would confront.

But for the 47-year-old firefighter with a brave face and a soft heart, writing love letters to his wife was as natural as waking up in the morning and fixing her lunch. She would often find a note waiting for her on the dashboard of her car, by the bathroom sink or under a magnet on the refrigerator. “I can’t begin to tell you how much I love you. Words are inadequate,” he wrote before embarking on a 24-hour shift. “Already I can’t wait to get home. Hope you had a good time today. Love you. Joe.”

After scribbling that short message on Sept. 10, Mr. Farrelly left his Prince’s Bay home for Engine Co. 4 at the South Street Seaport firehouse in Manhattan. His wife hasn’t seen him since, and now her husband’s last missive waits to be framed.

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