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Virtuosity 9: Heroes by Shawn Wray - CrossFit Journal

Virtuosity 9: Heroes

By Shawn Wray

In LEO/Mil

July 03, 2015

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CrossFit helps people do the things they want to do, but it also helps them with the things they don’t want to do.

Sgt. Shawn Wray of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department was forced to carry a dying colleague up a steep cliff, and he believes his fitness allowed him to stay with his friend throughout the arduous rescue attempt. When others had to rest, Wray was able to keep going and spend every minute with Deputy Sheriff Kenneth James Collier, who died shortly after he was brought to the top of the cliff.

Wray considers being present for those final minutes an honor, and he thinks of them whenever he does a Hero workout in tribute to those who have given their lives.

CrossFit Inc. is sending Wray US$500 for sharing his story with us, and CrossFit Pride will receive a $500 gift card from Rogue Fitness.

We’re still accepting submissions, and we’re looking for stories that go beyond what we’ve already covered. To increase the chances of publication, read the submission guidelines at the end of the article and review the previous articles in this series. You can find them all by entering “virtuosity” in the search box above.

Write with skill and send your story to We cannot respond to each submission due to the volume, but we read and appreciate them all.

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Respect! Thanks for sharing

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