Hotshots 19

Hotshots 19

Hotshots 19

Labor Day Schedule:

THIS Monday, September 3 is Labor Day and we will be OPEN for TWO CLASSES @ 9:30am or 11:00am!

All members are welcome no matter your membership level.  The 9:30am class will focus on those people who want to do the WOD scaled or in partners, and also those who need daycare. We will have daycare 9:30-10:30am ONLY.

11:00am class will focus on those who prefer to do the WOD RX and solo.

Anyone is welcome at either class, but if you prefer one option over the other, then you can attend the class that better suits your goals.

…and what is the WOD?

“HOTSHOTS 19”

It’s a tradition at CFHV and many other CrossFit gyms all over the US every Labor Day in honor of the firefighters who bravely lost their lives to the wild fires in Arizona in 2013.  Here is their story:

Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighting team tragically lost their lives on June 30, 2013, while fighting a fire in Yarnell, Arizona.

It was the single biggest loss of firefighters battling a wildfire in 80 years and the most killed in any single incident since Sept. 11, 2001.

The Hotshots were killed when shifting winds led to a rapid swirl of fire that trapped them on a hillside while fighting the flames. The men deployed their emergency shelters, but they were unable to withstand the severe heat and smoke. The men died of burns and inhalation problems, an initial autopsy found.

The bodies of the firefighters returned to Prescott on Sunday after a 125-mile procession from a Phoenix medical examiner’s office through the state. A line of white hearses was greeted by thousands of people, who lined highways and overpasses with American flags.

One member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots survived the blaze. Brendan McDonough, 21, was acting as lookout for the crew. When the winds shifted over Yarnell, he warned his colleagues, but it was too late.

In a powerful conclusion to the service, McDonough recited the “Hot Shots Prayer” in memory of his fallen comrades.

“For if this day on the line, I should answer death’s call,” McDonough prayed, “Lord, bless my Hotshot crew, my family, one and all.”

“Thank you. I miss my brothers,” he said.

Take a moment to reflect on why you CrossFit, and as you face the challenges of this Hero WOD named after them, be grateful that you still have the ability to share in this task with your family and friends in their honor.

***SPECIAL NOTE*** I will personally be doing the WOD at 8am before coaching both classes. If it would be better for your schedule to do the WOD at that time, please feel free to join me!