Big Nick

In the CrossFit community one way we honor our fallen heroes is through Hero WODS.  These WODs are typically challenging workouts that force us to push on, offering up our struggle and discomfort in the workout to those men and women who have died serving our country while we remember the loved ones they left behind.

Today we will be doing a special Hero WOD in honor of Nick Xiarhos.  As we do this WOD today please be sure to keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

WOD

“Big Nick”

5 Rounds

7 Squat Clean Thrusters (135/95)

23 Bar Facing Burpees

9 Pull Ups

Nicholas George Xiarhos was the first child of Yarmouth Police Department Deputy Chief of Police Steven G. Xiarhos and Lisa Xiarhos and the beloved big brother of his siblings Alexander, Elizabeth, and Ashlynne Xiarhos of Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. Nicholas attended Yarmouth schools and graduated from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in 2006. His family, friends, teachers, and coaches remember him as a kind-hearted, selfless person who went out of his way to help others. He was affectionately nicknamed “The Mayor of DY” due to his outgoing personality and his ability to get along with everyone. In their senior year, his classmates presented him with the title “Does Most for Other.”

Nicholas had an enduring passion about serving his country and joining the military, which was heightened by the events of September 11, 2001. Nine days after graduating from high school, he entered the United States Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island in South Carolina. On September 22, 2006, he earned the title of United States Marine. Nicholas served as a 0351 Infantry Assaultman with the 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment in Iraq and the 2nd Battalion 8th Marine Regiment in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Nicholas died on the battlefield in the Garmsir District of Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan on July 23, 2009 while going to the rescue of his fellow Marines in combat. Nicholas fought for the freedom of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. He chose to make a difference in the world and was a true American Patriot. Two weeks prior to his death, his last words to his mother were, “Don’t worry about me Mom…I’m living the dream.”

 

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