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“Richard Prunty”


555 Fitness Hero WOD

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  • 2 Rounds for Time
  • 2 Power Snatches (135/95 lb)
  • 50 Double-Unders
  • 4 Power Cleans (135/95 lb)
  • 25 Kettlebell Swings (24/16 kg)
  • 6 Front Squats (135/95 lb)
  • 50 Hand Release Push-Ups
  • 8 Push Presses (135/95 lb)
  • 25 Burpees

With a running clock, as fast as possible perform the prescribed work in the order written for 2 rounds.

Score is the time on the clock when the last round of burpees is completed.

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Richard Prunty, FDNY, Battalion 2, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

Chief Prunty was a firefighter for 33 years. His world revolved around two families. There was his family in Sayville, on Long Island, and there was the Second Battalion of the New York City Fire Department.

At 57, he was a tall, unassuming man, never the type to dominate a conversation or even brag. But when he did have something to say, his soft-spoken words were usually the strongest and most effective that could be said. Beyond his rough exterior, he was a real “teddy bear” on the inside. He once spent a week sleeping on his daughter’s floor when she was sick in college.

On September 11th, several firemen were trapped under the debris after the north tower collapsed. There were many mayday calls over their radios, one of them was Chief Prunty. “Listen,” he says, “you have to get here quick.” He was trapped in the lobby. He said his legs were pinned by an I beam and he was feeling numb and starting to lose consciousness. Several firemen who were also trapped in the collapse heard his call and asked him to hold on, try to stay awake, they would try and get to him. Try to stay alive. At that point Chief Prunty said “Tell my wife and kids that I love them.” Hours passed and they never heard from Chief Prunty again. Battalion Chief Richard Prunty lost his life on that horrible day.

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