Crossfit.com often posts "Hero" wods in honor of soldiers who have fallen in battle. Today we're doing a Hero WOD in honor of a local soldier who's in critical condition. This is a long post but I hope you'll take the to read it all. Excerpted from CrossfitIota.com
15 deadlifts (225/155 lb.)
28 kettle bell clean and press, right arm (35/26 lb.)
15 deadlifts (225/155 lb.)
This story is one of our own from Cache Valley and really brings the conflicts in which we and our country are engaged into a very personal and real perspective. It is no secret that I appreciate this great country and that the CrossFit community has a special place in their hearts for those who serve and protect this nation. To that end ourselves, Crossfit Cache Valley, CrossFit UAC and Bear River CrossFit (ie all of the CrossFit boxes here in Cache Valley) as well as Crossfit 208 and Wasatch CrossFit (who will do it on the 22nd) will be paying tribute to Quinn with this WOD. Thankyou all for your support and showing of solidarity by participating with us in this HERO WOD.
“I’ve known Angie and Cam (Quinns Brother) for the past 5 plus years and enjoy having them as neighbors and members of our CrossFit family. My heart and prayers go out to their family at this time. To Quinn; Thank you for the selfless service and sacrifices that you have made for our country. Thank you for the choice you made to defend what I love and hold dear. Thank you for volunteering to protect this great nation. Thank you for your strong heart and willingness to persevere. I look forward to doing this WOD on the 21st and remembering the sacrifice you and many others have made to protect myself, my family, my freedom and my country. We wish you a speedy recovery and my sincerest gratitude.” - Coach Paul
“I was first able to get to know Quinn through hunting trips with him and his brothers, all of whom I consider good friends and great people. Right off I learned that Quinn’s friendliness and energy was contagious. What an awesome guy, it was no surprise to learn that he was a soldier. I can’t express enough, the gratitude I feel when I think of the sacrifice Quinn has made for his country and loved ones. Quinn, I wish we were all half the man that you are. In our own way we say thank you with this workout. Best wishes with your recovery and again,THANK YOU for your amazing service and bravery.” - Coach Brett
A note from Angie
My brother-in-law Quinn Jensen has been serving our country as a soldier in Afghanistan. We recently received news that a bomb exploded underneath his vehicle. He is in serious condition. He has a broken back, both of his heels and ankles are shattered, his right arm is missing 3 inches of bone and he has no movement in his right hand. He will be having numerous surgery’s in an effort to regain movement his arm, hand, back, both feet and legs. He has been told that there is a possibility that he may never walk again or regain movement in his right arm. He is our HERO!! Right now we are staying positive and want to help him in any way we can. My hope is to let him know how many Americans appreciate him and all the other soldiers who risk their lives so that we have all the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis. We are very blessed. If any of you would be willing to write a letter to him expressing you gratitude and appreciation for soldiers like him this would greatly help lift his spirits. His spirits are high, but I know he has a rough road ahead filled with many surgery’s and a lot of time in hospitals and in rehab. If anyone would like to write him I know that it will help him through the road ahead. Just leave them at your box and I will come pick them up on Thursday morning. If you would like to do it anonymously that is fine. The letters will not be read by anyone but Quinn. We just want to let him know that people appreciate what he has done for our country. His life will never be the same! Love, Angie Jensen
Logan soldier receives Purple Heart in Afghanistan
By Matthew K. Jensen The Herald Journal
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pins the Purple Heart medal and a Combat Action Badge on the chest of U.S. Army Spc. Quinn Jensen of Logan, Utah, March 7 at the Heathe N. Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield. Jensen is a member of 744th Engineer Company, 54th Eng. Battalion, a reserve unit from Ogden, Utah. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot, Task Force Falcon)
Three Army reservists from Utah, including a Logan man, received the Purple Heart award on Monday at a military hospital in Afghanistan after being seriously injured by an improvised explosive device.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pinned the medal and a Combat Action Badge on the chest of U.S. Army Spc. Quinn Jensen at the Heathe N. Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield in the Parwan province.
Jensen is a member of 744th Engineer Company, 54th Eng. Battalion based in Ogden.
The 28-year-old was raised in Logan and has a 2-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter who live with their mother.
Jensen’s father, Paul Jensen of North Logan, told The Herald Journal on Tuesday his son was driving an armored vehicle with three fellow soldiers when the IED went off.
“The bomb exploded underneath their vehicle,” he said. “One of the four got a concussion and walked away. The other three were medevaced to a hospital.”
Jensen said he learned about the incident when his phone rang Sunday afternoon.
“I got the call from hell,” he said, explaining how he thought it was a telemarketer. “I was going to tell them to quit calling me on Sunday afternoon. I picked up the phone and said, ‘Hello?’ The man goes, ‘This is the U.S. Army. Your son Quinn has been in an accident, and all we know right now is he’s in serious condition.”
Jensen said nightmarish thoughts followed but he heard from his son the next day and the soldier’s spirits were high.
“He sounds better than we do,” said Jensen. “He’s a trooper, he’s a hero, he’s our guy.”
Jensen said his son even lightened the mood, saying what bothered him most about the ordeal was that he chipped his tooth. The Cache Valley native has had a strong interest in the military and said he wanted to enlist about five years ago. However, family restraints kept him home but he later signed up for the Army Reserve.
“He wanted to go serve his country,” his father added. “He said, ‘Somebody’s got to do it, it might as well be me.’”
Jensen said his son’s heels were crushed from the bomb and that he suffered injuries to the forearm, back and leg. Jensen received word from the military Tuesday afternoon that his son was stable enough to be flown to a hospital in Germany in coming days. He said he’s spoken with Quinn over the phone twice since his son was injured.
“When we talk to him, he doesn’t even complain,” he said. “He’s strong-willed, he makes his mind up and there’s no change. He’s committed to what he believes in.”
After being treated in Germany, Jensen will be flown to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and once back in the United States, the Army will pay for Paul and is wife, Charla, to travel to Washington to see their son.
“The Army has been wonderful in giving us what they have,” Jensen added. “They’ve already got our information and will put us on a flight there and give us per diem for food and we’ll be at his side. That will be the best when we can get there close to him.”
Quinn Jensen is the first member of his family to serve in the armed forces. He has six siblings.
“He volunteered, he wanted to go,” his father added. “He wanted to be one of the 50 from his reserve unit that went.”
Army Spc. Gregory Miller of Ogden and Army Sgt. Steven Dawson of Salt Lake City were the other two soldiers in Jensen’s battalion who were injured in the blast.