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“Vernon Cherry”


555 Fitness Hero WOD

3.1K 104
  • For Time
  • 50 Burpee Dumbbell Deadlifts (70/45 lb)
  • 50 Pull-Ups
  • 18 Dumbbell Snatches (70/45 lb)

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Vernon Cherry, FDNY, Ladder 118, who was killed on September 11, 2001. An alarm sounded in the firehouse after the second plane, United Airlines Flight 175, crashed into the south tower. Cherry, known as “Cowboy” for the rugged way he drove the rig, climbed into the back seat of Ladder 118’s tiller truck. Lieutenant Robert Regan and firefighters Leon Smith, Scott Davidson, Peter Vega and Joseph Agnello took seats up front. They sped through the narrow streets of downtown Brooklyn, following five of their housemates from Engine 205 who had crossed the bridge after the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, hit the north tower. When the towers collapsed, the hotel between them was demolished. More than 900 guests and Marriott employees escaped their fall, some helped to safety by Cherry and the others aboard Ladder 118.

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