NEVER FORGET – 9/11 MEMORIAL WODS
When you think about heroes growing up. You see tights, muscles, colors, capes. As an adult we should teach our kids. Real heroes wear uniform, dog tags, shields. They bleed, sweat, and get hurt. No one is invincible. They are all brave men and women who protect us 24/7. We sleep well at night because they are awake out and about patrolling and making sure all the bad guys are captured. Not all heroes make it alive but we still honor and remember them and teach the future heroes that we keep fighting the good fight and never stop. So when you see a burning building, an accident who will you see appear first? The fictional character you grew up with or the brave men and women who serve our city. Honor these true heroes. Thank you NYPD, FDNY, and first responder teams.
Get Tough Fitness will officially honor these heroes for our 9/11 memorial WOD. Wear something or have red/white/blue colors to honor these fallen heroes. GOD BLESS. NEVER FORGET.
31 High pull
31 Kettlebell full swings
** You can scale burpees with push ups but it has to be a 2:1.
Jeffrey Olsen took the Fire Department test when he was 18. It took 10 years, but he finally got the call he was waiting for, the call he began to believe might never come.
Mr. Olsen was meant to be a firefighter and as soon as he knew he was in, he began counting down the days until his first day. He was working at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, West Brighton, at the time and everyone in the hospital counted along with him.
“He loved the Fire Department,” said his mother, Carol Olsen. “He worked so hard at his goal in life, which was to make a difference.”
Mr. Olsen, 31, is among the missing victims in the World Trade Center attack. A member of Engine Co. 10, one of the firehouses closest to the Twin Towers, Mr. Olsen was detailed to the ladder company of the same house on the morning of Sept. 11.
“From what I could gather from talking to the guys he worked with, they were standing outside when the first plane hit,” said Mr. Olsen’s wife, the former Denise Caputo. “He loved fighting fires and he was saying, ‘We’ve got a job to do, we’ve got work to do.’ Then he hopped onto the rig.”
She was told that he was on the 45th floor of Tower 1 when he was last heard from.
“When I hear people say that this whole incident was a senseless tragedy, I hope my husband’s death wasn’t senseless, and because it was so tragic, I hope it will change society’s way of thinking and that he did make a difference,” she said. “He has saved so many lives and he has given so many people life, besides his own children.”
The Great Kills resident recently received a commendation from then-South Shore City Councilman Stephen Fiala for aiding in the rescue of a family from their burning Brooklyn apartment while he was on rotation with Ladder Co. 175 in East New York.
He also donated bone marrow to a 15-year-old boy, whom he didn’t know. “He was our hero before September 11th,” said his mother.
Mr. Olsen graduated the Fire Academy in 1999 and was assigned to Engine 10. After a rotation which took him to Engine Co. 246 in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn and Ladder 175, he returned to Engine 10.
The only thing Mr. Olsen loved more than fighting fires were his three children. He lived for Vincent, 8, Tori Rose, 3, and Noah, 19 months.
“He was a totally devoted father,” his wife said. “He took them all fishing, he took them all camping. He is a nature freak, so we always had them outside doing something.”
And the firefighter could even get into the “girlie things” with Tori Rose. He loved painting his daughter’s nails and doing her hair.
“He tried to instill in them everything he loved in life,” Mrs. Olsen said. “I tell my children that he is a hero and that 6,000 lives were taken, but it could have been 30,000 if the firemen didn’t do such an incredible job.”
The youngest of six children, Mr. Olsen was also a devoted uncle to his 12 nieces and nephews, many of whom live in the same neighborhood.
“He was just somebody who was charismatic to be around,” said his sister, Cynthia Dinkins.
For Neil Olsen, his baby brother was also his best friend. Whether they were smoking cheap cigars at a campfire, standing waste deep in the Delaware River during a fly fishing trip or trading Star Trek trivia, the two were always sharing their hopes and dreams.
Described as Jim Carrey and Jerry Lewis rolled into one, Mr. Olsen was a magnet for people who were drawn to his sense of humor and love of life. “He was very loyal, compassionate and hysterically funny,” his wife said. “One of his friends, another fireman, just said to me that to be a fireman, you have to be half compassionate, half comedian and all crazy. That was a perfect description of Jeff.”
Born in Great Kills, Mr. Olsen was a graduate of Susan Wagner High School. Before joining the Fire Department, he was the supervisor of building services at St. Vincent’s.
He enjoyed photography, fishing, camping and kayaking. He was also a Bruce Springsteen fanatic.
In addition to his wife, Denise; his children, Vincent, Tori Rose and Noah; his mother, Carol; his brother, Neil, and his sister, Cynthia, Mr. Olsen is survived by his father, Peter; another brother, John, and two more sisters, Mary Olesky and Jane Wilson.
13 Dragon crawls or 26 Chest 2 floor (scaled)
9 PUSH PRESS
11 Kettlebell half swings
** You can scale dragon crawls with push ups but it has to be a 2:1.
New York City Police Officer Moira Smith – the only female officer among the 23 NYPD cops who died on 9/11 – led stunned and bleeding people from the twin towers – only to run back in and perish with so many other heroes in the effort to rescue more. Her daughter Patricia Smith was two years old when her mother died. Now 12 she said, “To everyone, it’s been 10 years. It seems like five.”
“From two to 12.”
Patricia Smith was using her age to measure the passage of time since 9/11 and the murder of her uncommonly heroic mother.
“To everyone, it’s been 10 years,” observed the daughter of Police Officer Moira Smith. “It seems like five.”
That was surprising coming from a 12-year-old, for it had been virtually her whole life since that day her mother led stunned and bleeding people from the twin towers – only to run back in and perish with so many other heroes in the effort to rescue more.
Officer Moira Smith was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue the victims trapped in the World Trade Center. Officer Smith was the first officer to report the terrorist attack when she witnessed the first plane strike the first tower.
She was assigned to the 13th Precinct.
Officer Smith had been employed with the New York City Police Department for 13 years, and is survived by her husband, also a New York City Police Officer, and her two-year-old daughter.
Officer Smith was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department’s Medal of Honor for her heroic actions.
Officer Smith’s remains were located in March 2002.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed two of four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City. After the impact of the first plane, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.
As the evacuation continued, the first tower unexpectedly collapsed due as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The second tower collapsed a short time later. 71 law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site.
A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.
The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon.
The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.
On September 9, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.
The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill, and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.
On May 1, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was hiding. During the raid, they shot and killed bin Laden.