“Richard Allen”

555 Fitness Hero WOD

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  • 30 Back Squats (65% BW)

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Firefighter Richie Allen, of Ladder 15, who was doing what he loved to do. He was responding to a call at the World Trade Center where he was going to rescue people on September 11, 2001. Richie was the much-adored oldest of six children, and his siblings trailed him into lifeguarding.

"Growing up in Rockaway, if you can swim, then that's the best job to have," said Judy Aiken, one of his sisters. He got other jobs — substitute teacher, sanitation worker — before the Fire Department called him to work in May of last year when he was 31. He spent seven weeks with Engine Company 4 in Lower Manhattan and then moved to Ladder Company 15 in the same firehouse. On Sept. 11, he rode with the engine company to the World Trade Center, even though he was off duty after having worked all night.
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