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“Robert Lane”


555 Fitness Hero WOD

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  • For Time
  • 50 Double-Unders
  • 5 Power Cleans (135/95 lb)
  • 40 Double-Unders
  • 5 Shoulder-to-Overheads (155/105 lb)
  • 30 Double-Unders
  • 5 Squat Cleans (185/135 lb)
  • 20 Double-Unders
  • 5 Clean-and Jerks (225/155 lb)

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Robert Lane, FDNY, Engine 55, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

The dented old car parked by Engine Co. 55’s firehouse didn’t look like much to the Secret Service. They wanted every vehicle within a 10-block radius cleared before President George W. Bush visited the Little Italy company, three weeks after the terrorist attack.

The agents didn’t know Firefighter Robert T. Lane, or how much the clunker meant to him, or that his brothers would insist the 1983 Pontiac Grand Prix stay put. The 28-year-old, who planned to take his souped-up wheels to a New Jersey racetrack next spring, was among those lost Sept. 11 at the World Trade Center. “It’s a piece of junk as far I’m concerned,” said his mother, Janet Lane, “but he loved that car.” Mrs. Lane said the scenario was typical of her son. “Always causing some kind of stir-up someplace,” she said.

Ultimately, the car remained outside the firehouse once bomb-sniffing dogs deemed it safe. Engine 55 was investigating a reported gas leak the morning of Sept. 11, just five blocks from the World Trade Center. It was among the first fire companies on the scene.

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