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“Robert King Jr.”


555 Fitness Hero WOD

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  • AMRAP in 10 minutes
  • 5 Push Presses (60% of 1RM)
  • 5 Sit-Ups
  • 5 Handstand Push-Ups
  • 5 Sit-Ups

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Robert King Jr., FDNY, Engine 33, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

Robert C. King Jr., 36, of Bellerose Terrace, was a member of the New York City fire department's Engine Company 33 in Manhattan. He died in the north tower.

It was one of those simple, wonderful weekends families have as summer winds down. For the King family, it would be the last. Robert King, his wife, Theresa, and their two young sons and a daughter had come to his parents' house in upstate Ellenville for a barbecue.

King made lemon chicken and rice, and as they were leaving he lay in the driveway to show his 3-year-old daughter how to do snow angels - even though it was September.

"He was a wonderful father," Audrey King said of her son. He knew just what clothes to bring for an overnight and how to fix his daughter's hair.

He was also a gifted carpenter. At the firehouse he made a trestle table that seats 25, and a watch desk. At home he made bunk beds for his boys and a jewelry box and birdhouse for his mother.

He also built relationships, she said. The youngest of her three children, King "was the one who held the family tight. He just held everybody together," his mother said. "That changed after he was gone; he was my only son, and I waited so long for him. He was very special."

But, she said, had he lived when so many of his comrades had died, it would have changed him forever. "If he had lived and had seen that mess, I honestly believe he wouldn't be right," she said.
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