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Utah Crossfit Athletes Raise Money for AZ Firefighters

When 19 Arizona firefighters died in late June, the nation mourned. Thursday, area firefighters and athletes held a memorial service for the fallen and helped raise money for the Hotshots’ families.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 UTAH)- When 19 Arizona firefighters died in late June, the nation mourned. Thursday, area firefighters and athletes held a memorial service for the fallen and helped raise money for the Hotshots’ families.

This fundraiser all centers around Crossfit, an elite workout program. It’s the preferred workout for firefighters across the nation including the Hotshots in Arizona and here in Utah. Some sweat and pain in remembrance and support.

A grueling, sweaty workout under the sweltering sun is a small token compared to the ultimate sacrifice 19 Arizona firefighters gave at the end of June. 19 Hotshots memorialized here at East High Soccer Field in Salt Lake.

“It was hard. Yeah. You know the gear is such a tactile part of life you know as a firefighter,” said former Hotshot Nick Fowler.

Hotshots who used to do these kinds of Crossfit workout back in Arizona.
“A large part of our coaches and athletes are firefighters and it would be a devastating experience,” said Wasatch Crossfit North’s Carol Wilson.

Former Hotshot Nick Fowler says the brotherhood of this elite group lead him to put this fundraiser together.

“When you're tired and you're hungry and you just want the night to be over and someone cracks a joke it's really that brotherhood,” said Fowler.

19 fallen and one from Utah: Joe Thurston, 32 born in Cedar City, Utah.

All of the fallen remembered with each lunge, squat, and lift.

“Just get everybody sweaty and angry and let them donate some money,” said Wilson.

All of the money will be given to their families left behind to mourn the loss.

“Even though we can't walk up and give them a hug or whatever that might do this is the least we could do,” said Fowler.

Organizers say they’d like to raise a few thousand dollars for the families. Click here to donate.

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