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“Thomas Gardner”

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  • 30 Back Squats (185/135 lb)
  • 100 Wall Ball Shots (20/14 lb)
  • 30 Shoulder-to-Overheads (185/135 lb)

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Thomas Gardner, FDNY, HazMat 1, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

Gardner had specialized training on a spectrum of toxic threats, including anthrax, and flew around the country teaching law enforcement agencies how to handle those dangers. A hockey fan, he played the game with a lifelong group of friends. He also had a gift for comedy. Before joining the fire department he worked briefly for NBC and sold jokes to Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and Henny Youngman.

Gardner had endured building collapses, burns and other firefighting injuries during 12 years with Engine Co. 59 in Harlem, and firefighters in Squad 288, which shares a Maspeth firehouse with Haz-Mat Co. 1, had been pestering him to join them because of his experience. On Sept. 11, 18 people were lost from those two companies, the worst losses in the city Fire Department.

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