Anatoly Grishchenko towards the end of his life.

Do you recognize this man? He saved thousands of lives at the expense of his own. He was one the first wave of helicopter pilots that flew over Chernobyl in 1986. The reactor had just exploded and was a radioactive inferno, glowing blue vapors streaming thousands of feet into the air. Over the next three days Grishchenko, a civilian test pilot, flew dozens of sorties over the glowing reactor, dumping tons of concrete from a giant scoop dangling from cables 800 feet below his helicopter onto the raging radioactive fire.

Four years later Grishchenko, awarded the USSR’s highest honor, Hero of the Soviet Union, was dead of cancer. He was a hero in many ways more than a medal.

Currently a skeleton crew is working at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The plant’s firefighters, braving lethal radiation, have already doused two fires in the out of control reactor. Helicopter crews, in a sad repetition of Grishchenko’s bravery, are dumping water on top of Reactor #4. If Chernobyl is any indication, none of them will reach old age.

Yeah, this doesn’t have a lot to do with CrossFit, but sacrifice like that deserves recognition.

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5 Clean and Jerk 155/100#

7 Pushups Games style

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