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“Samuel Oitice”


555 Fitness Hero WOD

2.2K 36
  • For Time
  • 60 Wall Ball Shots (20/14 lb)
  • 50 Deadlifts (135/95 lb)
  • 40 Burpees
  • 30 Snatches (135/95 lb)
  • 20 Pull-Ups
  • 10 Clean-and-Jerks (135/95 lb)

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Samuel Oitice, FDNY, Ladder 4, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

Deputy Fire Chief Jim Howard remembers serving on the city fire patrol with Sam Oitice, one of the hundreds of emergency responders killed in the Sept. 11 attack on New York. Oitice, a longtime Peekskill resident, was a member of the New York Fire Department but he started out as a city ambulance corps member and later became a Peekskill police officer.

When he got called for his dream job with the FDNY, he left the Peekskill Police but served as a volunteer fireman. “He brought a lot to the table because he was on the cutting edge of technology and latest techniques of the greatest fire department in the world, so he brought that back to us,” Howard said. “Even today there are feelings that he kept us on the right track for a long time with the things he implemented.”

Howard said Peekskill’s firemen had all grown close to not just Oitice but his buddies down in Engine 54 and Ladder 4 located at 48th and 8th Street in Manhattan. And then Sept. 11 happened. Oitice, 45 was among those killed, leaving behind his wife Jean and two children.

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