“Vincent Princiotta”

555 Fitness Hero WOD

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  • 30 Squat Clean to Shoulder-to-Overheads (185/135 lb)

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This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to Vincent Princiotta, FDNY, Ladder 7, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

I think he watched too much Don Ho," said Dave Breiner, a Connecticut firefighter who knew him as Vinny Van. When he visited his sister Bernadette at college in Hawaii, her friends were amazed, she said, that a non- Hawaiian, "this haoli from the Bronx," was so able on the longboard.

Even as the years rolled by, and he married the lovely Karen and became the adoring father of Christina, now 16 months old, Mr. Princiotta, 39, who lived in Orangeburg, N.Y., maintained his profile.

He invested in phony winning lottery tickets, which he would distribute to his fellow firefighters and watch while they shrieked and kissed the firehouse floor. But he also helped the younger ones get familiar with firefighting tools, said Patty Boylan, a friend, and colleague at Ladder 7, and cooked heaps of Italian food for the entire company. And he kept on surfing. "He was just supercool," Mr. Boylan said. "We called him the Vin Man."
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