Backblast – FBF – School Six 9/11/20 – “343” – a Crawdaddy service

Patch of Engine 53/ Ladder 43 FDNY

Pax: Dean, Madoff, Gilmore, Lucky Charms, Granny Panty, Mulligan, Elaine, Bambi, Sludge and Crawdaddy

QIC: Crawdaddy

10 Pax emerged from the gloom on a solemn Sept. 11th to embrace the suck and enjoy the returned humidity. The morning was greeted with a disclaimerless mosey to the flag in the park where thy were greeted by Tarde’s Q for the Pledge of allegiance. Hearts were heavy as we remember the events of today now 19 years ago and the subsequent sacrifices made that day and every day since. The school six Q would be dedicated today specifically to the 343 fire fighters who lost their lives in the WTC towers that morning. As such the pax would complete 343 reps at each station in their memory. If you are so inclined, those brave lost souls are listed on this link and you can put a name with a face.

Post pledge the group mosey’d to the amphitheater lot for WAR:

WAR: 15 Side Straddle Hops, Abe Vigotas, Cotton Pickers, Helicopters, Hurdler Stretch and Chinooks

The Thang: Pax of 10 will complete 34 reps per man with one picking up 3 extra reps per cycle to reach 343 total per round. At the finish of your set you will quick mosey to the bottom of the driveway hill, then sprint to the top and Side straddle hop waiting on the 6.

Rounds as follows:

Low Slow Flutters – Bobby Hurley’s – Squats – Erkins – Reverse LBC’s – Seal Jacks – Derkins – Lunges and Barishnikovs

T-claps to Gilmore for leading the pack and Granny Panty for gutting it out… well done felllas


Homer and Marge, Low Slow Flutters, Cindy right and left and 20 American Hammers.

Prayers / Praises:

Mulligan’s brother John, Bambi’s father Kim.. aka Bambi, SR. or Buck, Carl Hassler and family

Sludge led us out.

9/11 thoughts. The patch above is in our DNA. It represents a series of events that flow through our F3 group. It was a symbol of pride to men who gave of themselves daily to come to the aid of others and show leadership. On 9/11/01 it become a symbol of lives lost paying the ultimate sacrifice of rushing towards danger and putting others before self. So much so, that Michael Murphy wore that patch on his uniform until the day he did the same.

So every Thursday, and every Memorial day this group ties itself back to him and to those he saw a heroes. For him it became personal as he laid down his life for his brothers.

Beyond the heroics and legend and sacrifices of combat remain the collateral damage and scars of those who survived it. The veterans, the widows, the sons and daughters of 9/11 and the wars that would follow. As we close after each prayer we do our small part to honor the 22 veterans who still fight and lose their own battle to suicide each day. Some of us were lucky enough to send friends and family to war and get them back, but they may still need help. Resources are out there if needed.

A patch may be just a piece of cloth or maybe something more. I appreciate all of you and what you do in this lifetime.

Make it a great day Gents…

Crawdaddy out.