“Peter Vega”

555 Fitness Hero WOD

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  • For Time
  • 75 Thrusters (75/45 lb)
  • 10 Double-Unders

Perform the double-unders at the beginning of every minute after a full minute of thrusters.

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Peter Vega, FDNY, Ladder 118, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

Peter Anthony Vega was a New York City firefighter with Ladder 118. He died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. On January 1st 2002, the bodies of seven more firefighters pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center were identified, including three from the same company who were found together in a buried lobby. Lt. Robert Regan and firefighters Joseph Agnello and Peter Anthony Vega were part of a six-man crew from Engine Co. 205 Ladder 118 in Brooklyn. The three were found New Year’s Day as excavation crews opened up the lobby of the Marriott World Trade Center Hotel. He was laid to rest January 5th, 2002.

The NY Times wrote about him:

Regan Grice-Vega was pregnant and was on the way to the doctor for a checkup with her husband, Peter Vega, when they spotted a car stalled on the side of the road. In it was a woman who had been rushing to the hospital to see her husband, who had had a heart attack. Mr. Vega pushed her car to a safe spot and then drove her to the hospital.

“We were late for our appointment, as usual, but that is the kind of person Peter was,” Mrs. Grice-Vega said. “If he was cleaning out our gutter, he would clean the neighbor’s, too.”

Mr. Vega, 36, a firefighter who was a member of Ladder Company 118 in Brooklyn Heights, called his wife just before he left for the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. They had been married five years. She was a fervent Knicks fan, and he proposed to her at Madison Square Garden with a message on the big screen at half-time.

The NY Daily News wrote:

Peter was one of six men from Ladder 118 in Brooklyn Heights who died at the Trade Center. Their truck was photographed racing over the Brooklyn Bridge with the towers burning in the distance, six firefighters heading to their deaths. The haunting photograph ran on the cover of the Oct. 5 Daily News. ‘I’ve got to go.’ In a story accompanying the photograph, Regan recounted Peter’s phone call moments before boarding the rig:

“Babe, I don’t know if you’re watching the news, but there’s been an attack on the World Trade Center. Hon, it’s a big job. I’ve got to go. I love you.” “I love you too,” Regan said. “At least I got a chance to tell him that,” she would add later.
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