“Paul Keating”

555 Fitness Hero WOD

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This Firefighter Hero WOD from 555 Fitness is dedicated to Paul Keating, FDNY, Ladder 5, who was killed on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks on the twin towers in New York City.

Sept. 11 was not the first time the Keating family counted a hero among them, but the attack on the World Trade Center was the first time it cost a life.

Firefighter Paul Keating, known as "Paulie," was awakened in his Cedar Street apartment in Manhattan when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center. He called his sister to tell her he was OK. He could see debris and glass flying around, and he told her that he was going around to the firehouse behind his building. "I'm going to the World Trade Center to help my brothers," he said. That was the last they heard from him. He is among the thousands missing.

His "brothers" were fellow firefighters. Mr. Keating was stationed at Ladder Co. 5 in SoHo. His apartment is so close to the World Trade Center the windows are blown out and the rooms are full of dust.

It wasn't Mr. Keating's first brush with heroism. Soon after his 1995 graduation from the Fire Academy, where he was a member of the first class of firefighters to be trained for medical emergencies, he rescued a drowning man from the ocean at Spring Lake, N.J. A strong swimmer who had been a lifeguard, he pulled in a man floating in the water, who was unseen by lifeguards, and administered CPR. Cornelius H. (Neil) Keating understands his younger brother's instinctive actions. He is a Sandy Hook Pilot who was recently given a medal of honor from the New York State Pilot Commission for preventing a collision of two oil tankers earlier this year. In 1980, he rescued a union official whose launch had flooded in New York Harbor. He dove repeatedly into frigid December waters to save the man, then administered CPR to keep him alive. In 1998, Neil Keating returned to work after suffering broken ribs, torn rotator cuffs and knee damage from an accident in rough seas in 1997.

"Instinct takes over. I have strong family ties. We had a happy life growing up," said Neil Keating, attempting to explain his own and his brother's heroism. "When you see someone in trouble, your own life becomes expendable. Instinct takes over."

Their father, Cornelius J. (Neil) Keating, simply said of his sons, "You instill values. They paid off. They are braver than I am."
Category : The Heroes
Dates : September 11
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