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Hero/Suicide Awareness WOD

April 22nd, 2012, by

For those of you that do not know the Waukegan Police Department just recently lost one of its police officers, Mark Sturtevant to suicide.  Around this time last year in May another police officer by the name of Mark Jacobs also took his own life. So within a year the Waukegan Police Department family has lost two of its outstanding police officers. Suicide is a very touchy subject and a subject that some people are uneasy to talk about. It was a tough decision for me to decide to do a WOD that would be related to suicide but I felt compelled to do so because I cared a lot for these two men. I also felt that it was the right thing to do and to help bring awareness to this touchy subject.

I knew Sturtevant for many years. When I started with the Waukegan Police Department Sturtevant was my first field training officer (first officer to train me). Sturtevant was the first one to show me the ropes on how to be a police officer and I learned many things from him, things I use everyday to keep my fellow officers and me safe. Sturtevant was one of the funniest guys I knew, he always made people laugh and he could always put a smile on your face.

I'm not an expert, nor am I going to try and figure out why Sturtevant and Jacobs did what they did. They had their reasons, I just wish they would have reached out to me or someone else and told us what was going on. It came out of nowhere, no warning signs, no weird talks, no unusual behavior, just one day we were told that they were gone. Sturtevant and I shared lockers next to each other at work and one of the hardest things was seeing Sturtevant's locker unlocked and his locker empty. It was sad for me because I knew that him and I would never be able to talk before and after work again, him always cracking some jokes and making everyone laugh.

So in honor of Sturtevant and Jacobs and just to raise awareness about suicide in general I put together the following workout.


30 Burpees

40 Push Press (40k/30K) (90/65 lbs)

50 Pull Ups

60 Row for calories

70 Push Ups

80 Sit Ups

90 Air Squats

100 Double Unders


10 Burpees

20 Push Press (40K/30K) (90/65 lbs)

30 Pull Ups / Body Rows

40 Row for calories

50 Push Ups

60 Sit Ups

70 Air Squats

80 Single Unders (jumping rope)

As with all WOD's there will be many scaling options available for those that don't think they can do the WOD as prescribed. This event is free and open to all. I want to welcome anyone that is interested in attending, even if you may think the workout is too hard. I can tailor this workout for anyone. The most important thing is that you come out to show your support for these great men. This event will be held rain or shine so dress appropriately and be prepared for the weather.

So on Sunday, April 29th at 9:00 a.m. come out to Crossfit Fire and help us celebrate the lives of Mark Sturtevant and Mark Jacobs and to spread the word about suicide awareness.

18 Responses to "Hero/Suicide Awareness WOD"

  • Josh, I am so sorry for your loss. What a heart-breaking event. I appreciate you sharing your heart on this touchy subject! My thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends and coworkers. Thank you for all that you do! I plan on being there to support you! Might be scaling since it is a "rest day" for me, but I will definitely be there!

  • I'm in! Can't wait to see everyone! I may need someone to chill with Oliver while I WOD. Unless there is a 4 month old scaling option of course. :o )

  • I'll be there, even if I have to do the non-crossfitter/supporter scale. I'm sorry for your loss.

  • @ K-Tuck: I'm sure I can think of a WOD for the little one ;-)

    @Melissa: It'll be good to have you come out again. Thanks for your support!

  • Josh, this is such a touching tribute to these two men. I can't wait to WOD in their honor - or just hold Oliver in their honor...

  • I will be there! My condolences to you and their families. Thank you for sharing such a personal story. This is an extremely sensitive topic and I appreciate you bringing awareness to it!

  • @Jennie and Deena: thanks for the support and it would be great to have you two there on Sunday!

  • No problem Danny, It'll be nice to have some of his family and brothers in blue there!

  • @Adriana: thanks for the support. Someone has to protect our streets so I truly understand. Be safe!

  • I've worked with both of these men and it's incredibly sad to know that they felt this was the only solution to their problems.

    Unfortunately, I'm out of town until Sunday night, or else I'd be there. I wish everyone a good and mindful WOD.

  • Josh, I am sorry for your loss but thank you for finding a way to honor these men. I am working in Wilmette til 8 am tomorrow but would like to come in afterward. Would it be ok for me to do that even though I would most likely not be able to get there at 9 o'clock? I would probably be there closer to 9:30-9:45 if that is allowable.

  • Ryan, thanks for your support. I know we will not be done with everyone by then so as long as I am there I would be more then happy have you join us. Take your time and if something comes up don't worry about it, I know you'll make it if you can!

  • Hey Josh, you don't know me but I happened to read your post by chance. My best friend took his own life. Reading your post brought back my memories of my friend. All the great memories we had while he was alive and even the anger I had for him for doing what he did. I have since learned that the anger I had towards my friend for doing what he did was selfish on my part but it is part of the process of grieving. He was a great person and a big part of my life and in a way, he still is. I can not make it tomorrow. If I could, I would be there. I will be there in thought and spirit.

  • Ron, thank you very much for your comment. I know you wish you could have made it to the workout but I understand. Just know I appreciate your support.