On June 30th, 2013 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots perished in The Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona. In order to honor their sacrifice and to raise money and awareness for their families , the Crossfit nation put on a fundraiser workout. 6 rounds for time; 30 air squats, 19 power cleans, 7 strict pull up and a 400 meter run.
Held on August 31 across the nation, we raised over $300,000. The Ketchum Professional Firefighters Local 4758 were proud to participate with our local Crossfit affiliate, Sun Valley Crossfit. Both at the Ketchum Fire Department station 1 and at the SV Crossfit box site in Ketchum Idaho, people gathered and truly put their hearts, sweat and love into a workout that managed to bring home the pain and struggle of these firefighters, while at the same time helping us all find some hope in a world that can join forces and help a healing process begin.
Early on the morning of the 31st, Crossfitters gathered at SV Crossfit in a more somber than usual manner. They started the workout in almost silence, in contrast to the usual accompaniment of heart pumping music, as a nod to the somber reason we were all there. The only sounds were breathing, weighted barbells dropping and the words of encouragement from the coaches. Across the small town, later that evening, some of us firefighters gathered around engines and ambulances for our turn at the workout.
In fact, all across the country the same thing was happening in all sorts of different settings, well -equipped boxes, garage gyms, city parks and fire stations. But one thing was the same wherever you might have been; for each repetition of the 19 power cleans, we thought, whispered or spoke the names of each of our fallen comrades. And when we finished, we all just stopped for a moment to catch our breath, and to think about how it would feel to not be able to do just that.