“Paul Martini”

555 Fitness Hero WOD

  • For Time
  • 20 Burpees
  • 5 Deadlifts (315/225 lb)
  • 20 Toes-to-Bars
  • 5 Deadlifts (315/225 lb)
  • 20 Wall Ball Shots (20/14 lb)
  • 5 Deadlifts (315/225 lb)
  • 20 Hand Release Push-Ups
  • 5 Deadlifts (315/225 lb)
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This Firefighter Hero WOD from 555 Fitness is dedicated to Paul Martini, FDNY, Engine 201, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

Lt. Paul Martini studied for six hours every day he wasn’t on duty. He planned to ace the upcoming Captain’s test. His wife never doubted that he would. He was following in the footsteps of his father who served 33 years with the FDNY. “Don’t sweat the small things” was a favorite expression, and rule for living. “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” was another. On 9/11 neither adage was in play.

Engine 201 is based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. They responded as soon as Tower 1 was hit and were the last ones through the Battery Park Tunnel before it was closed. With 13 years on the job, Lt. Paul Martini was the senior man lost from Engine 201.

Lt. Paul Martini had his cherished mottoes, and he stuck to them. One was, "Don't sweat the small things." He was always saying that, whenever anyone got frazzled over something minor. His other favorite was, "If it's not broken, don't fix it." Take going to the dentist. He didn't abide by the notion of visiting the dentist every six months. If he didn't have a toothache, why bother: "If it's not broken, don't fix it." Then again, he was pretty fastidious about his teeth. "I swear he would spend an hour in the bathroom," said his wife, Lisa. "I'd say, 'When are you going to be done?' "

Lieutenant Martini, 37, was with Engine Company 201, and lived with his wife and daughter, Lindsay, 6, in Staten Island. He liked to call people "mook," which was his euphemism for "idiot." If someone messed up, he would say, "Oh, you're such a mook." Except many people didn't know what he meant.

Once, sitting around the firehouse, the talk turned to another firefighter going through a tough divorce. Asked what he thought, Lieutenant Martini said: "Oh, Lisa and I have it all figured out. We would split everything 50-50. Lisa would get the inside of the house, and I would get the outside."
Scoring : For Time
Category : The Heroes
Dates : September 11