At the CrossFit box I coach at and workout at we have a member of a hotshots team. I don’t have to tell you much other than he is a very brave individual. Wouldn’t you have to be to fight fires? Much less fighting wild fires? Anyone who risks their life for the great good is a hero – firefighters, police officers, military personnel.
CrossFit is known for putting together fundraisers for the community. Whether it is raising money for kids with cancer (CrossFit for Hope) or for a police officer who lost her life breaking up a gang fight (Celena Hollis) or for the families of firefighters who lost their lives protecting the rest of us. On August 31st we will be working out in memory of the 19 hotshots who lost their lives in Arizona. If you would like to donate even $20 it is appreciated.
I know many people workout to hero WODs and think that giving effort during the WOD is something worthwhile, no matter how less significant, to what the hero gave up for our country and I think that is kind of ridiculous. Sort of along the same lines as when an athlete says he and his teammates went to war during a game. Bullshit. Playing a football game or working out is nothing, not even remotely close, to what these brave individuals do for us.
With that being said I will give it my all on the 31st and pray for all firefighters during the WOD. It isn’t even close to reciprocating what they give to us, but it is all I can do. I guess. I know I am not brave enough to fight fires next to them…
If you would like to donate to the families of the 19 hotshots who lost their lives in Arizona, click here.