11/11 Backblast The Bridge Veterans Day

Looking for a workout that would honor a hero and stumbled upon the Zachary Tellier WOD. Sgt. Tellier’s story is one of bravery, heroism, and love.

Background: Dedicated to U.S. Sgt. Zachary D. Tellier, 31, of Charlotte, NC (USA) a combat infantryman with the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, at Fort Bragg. He died Sept. 29, 2007, of wounds sustained while on a ground patrol in Afghanistan.

The previous April, Tellier’s unit was conducting a mounted patrol when one of its vehicles drove over and detonated a bomb, which set the vehicle on fire, according to a statement from the 82nd Airborne.

Tellier pulled two paratroopers out of the vehicle to safety, suffering severe burns to his hands. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with valor for his actions.

After he was burned, Tellier jumped up in the turret to return fire, said Sgt. Michael Layton, a member of Tellier’s unit. A lieutenant made Tellier get out of the vehicle because of his injuries, Layton said.

Zachary Tellier has to be the biggest hero I’ve ever known or heard of, not just because of what he did, but because of his personality,” Layton said. “He came in the Army because he wanted to be around soldiers and serve his country, and he paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

Tellier is survived by his wife, Sara Tellier of Atlanta, Ga.; his father, David W. Tellier of Groton, Mass.; and his mother, Pamela Rodriguez, of Falmouth, Mass.

YHC encouraged the pax to think about Sgt. Tellier and his sacrifice. How he had the fortitude during extreme duress to save 2 soldiers and fight back against the enemy. How can we help others in our community?

We moseyed over to the posh fountain, was a nice little jog to get the blood flowing.

We did the WOD together, counted out every rep.


  • Snowday
  • Greenwih
  • ryhthm
  • bob ross
  • Tony Malito
  • Dynomite
  • Methane
  • Diablo
  • Willy Pepp
  • Little Jerry
  • PK
  • Nice and Slow
  • Jewel
  • Huggies
  • Diane Dukes
  • Double Down
  • Schlitz
  • Pickle Ball
  • Ripple
  • BuzzSaw
  • Sadie
  • Burrito FNG
  • KiloQ

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