“Sergio Villanueva”

555 Fitness Hero WOD

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  • For Time
  • 50 Double-Unders
  • 5 Power Snatches (135/95 lb)
  • 40 Double-Unders
  • 10 Power Cleans (135/95 lb)
  • 30 Double-Unders
  • 15 Overhead Squats (135/95 lb)
  • 20 Double-Unders
  • 20 Back Squats (135/95 lb)
  • 10 Double-Unders
  • 25 Deadlifts (135/95 lb)

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Sergio Villanueva, FDNY, Ladder 132, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

Sergio was born on our country′s birthday, the 4th of July 1968 in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. His parents brought him to America in the early 1970′s so that he could have a better life.

Perhaps being born on the birthday of the country that he would ultimately give his life for is an indicator of the first step in the path of destiny that he was to follow. Whether this was the case or not, when Sergio came into this world, fireworks and celebrations were abound, and the amount of love and joy that he brought to all of the family and friends that he cherished so much, is as infinite as the amount of sparks generated by all of the fireworks throughout history.

It was Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9th, 2001and the game was scoreless with just minutes left to play. Suddenly Sergio Villanueva sped down the field, whacked the ball with his foot and goal! The FDNY Soccer Club had won 1-0. No one knew that that would be Sergio′s Golden Goal.

A native of Argentina, Firefighter Villanueva, loved soccer. Tanya Villanueva, his fiancée, used to have to put on a special hat with bells dangling from it, as well as a jersey from Boca Juniors and run through the house shouting, “Goal” when an important match was on television.

Before becoming a firefighter, he spent eight years as a Police Officer and Detective with the NYPD.
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