4.5.19

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William Feehan (Time)

25 Front Squats (95/65 lb)
25 Burpees
25 Overhead Squats (95/65 lb)
25 Toes-to-Bars
25 Power Cleans (95/65 lb)
25 Pull-Ups
25 Push Presses (95/65 lb)
25 Push-Ups
25 Power Snatches (95/65 lb)
25 Air Squats

This Firefighter Hero WOD is dedicated to William Feehan, FDNY, Deputy Commissioner, who was killed on September 11, 2001.

Among the staggering statistics resulting from the 9/11 attacks are those associated with New York City’s fire department. On Sept. 11, at the World Trade Center, it suffered the loss of 343 firefighters, whose deaths represented 4,400 years of cumulative training, nerve and wisdom. When the towers collapsed, age and experience on the job were meaningless protections. Fate claimed chiefs and “probies” alike that morning.

When the south tower toppled and fell onto his command post, William M. Feehan perished. 

At age 71 he was the oldest first responder killed on 9/11. The FDNY veteran was also a living legend, having held every rank within the department from his 1959 appointment as a probationary firefighter through his promotion to firefighter (Division 3, Ladder 3), lieutenant, chief of department, deputy fire commissioner and first deputy fire commissioner. Although holding a civilian administrative title on 9/11, he had remained Chief Feehan in the parlance of thousands of uniformed firefighters who worked with him and alongside him. During his storied FDNY tenure, Feehan reportedly mastered the location of every fire hydrant in New York City. As the son of a firefighter, he was pleased when one of his sons joined the FDNY, extending the family’s career tradition into a third generation. Feehan, a native of Long Island City, Queens, lived in Flushing.

Sam Bowles