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“Kenneth Kumpel”


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  • 6 Bear Complexes (135/95 lb)
  • 100 meter Bear Crawl

One “Bear Complex” consists of: 1 Power Clean, 1 Front Squat, 1 Push Press, 1 Back Squat, and 1 Push Press

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Kenneth Kumpel, FDNY, Engine 25, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

A quiet person who was happier doing things than talking about them, Firefighter Kenneth Kumpel’s presence was manifested in his beautiful craftsmanship — and the pranks he played.

The 42-year-old family man lived in Cornwall-on-Hudson, an upstate town to which he and his wife were drawn because of its location on the river. A sleek black boat, named “Batboat” in honor of their sons’ favorite superhero, was the family’s vehicle for enjoying the peace and beauty of the river.

A craftsman with the skill and attention to detail of a pro, Mr. Kumpel renovated his family’s former home in West Brighton, and he built their home in Cornwall. A perfectionist, he took satisfaction in the “extra details and finishing touches,” said his wife, the former Nancy Gorman. Unlike many well-intentioned handymen, he avoided the procrastination that leaves so many jobs unfinished.

Born on Long Island in New Hyde Park, Mr. Kumpel moved to West Brighton when he married in 1982. The Kumpels moved to Cornwall in 1994. He drove a tractor trailer before joining the New York City Police Department in 1987. In 1990, he joined the Fire Department, assigned to Ladder Co. 82, Great Kills. In the mid-1990s he transferred to Ladder Co. 52, the Bronx. And in February he transferred to Ladder Co. 25, at Amsterdam Avenue and West 77th Street in Manhattan.

Mr. Kumpel also shared his firefighting skills as a volunteer with local fire departments, first in Long Island, then in Cornwall, as a way of giving back to his community. On Sept. 11, he was on duty when his firehouse was called to the World Trade Center. He is now among the missing.

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