CrossFit honors fallen SDPD officer with hero workout

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SAN DIEGO – CrossFit gyms across San Diego honored San Diego police Officer Jonathan "J.D." De Guzman Saturday with a hero workout of the day named after him.

Jonathan "JD" De GuzmanCrossFit created the "GS 24 Memorial WOD" in memory of De Guzman, who was a member of the SDPD elite gang suppression team and fatally wounded during a shootout in a Southcrest-area neighborhood in late July.

As listed on the CrossFit frequently asked questions, Hero WODs are named in honor of service member or law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. The workouts tend to be long, heavy and taxing on the body.

People interested in participating in the workout went to participating gyms.

"GS 24 Memorial WOD" consists of the following workout:

  • Teams of 2 – 4 rounds for time
  • 800m run (Partner A)
  • 50 wall balls (20/14) (Partner B)
  • 50 alternating burpees (Partner A and B)
  • 50 pull ups (split)
  • *Switch each round from Partner A to Partner B*

Partner A runs the 800m while Partner B completes 50 wall balls. When both partners finish their exercise, both partners will complete 50 alternating burpees. Once the burpees are completed, move to the pull ups and divide how you choose. Once the pull ups are completed, the partner who ran first is now completing the wall balls while the other runs.

SDPD posted the flyer announcing the Hero WOD on their Facebook page Tuesday. The department requested that people let their local gym know about it to make arrangements.

De Guzman, 43, was shot five times at close range died at Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is survived by a wife and two children.

His partner, Officer Wade Irwin, 32, underwent surgery for a bullet wound at UCSD Medical Center and was released from the hospital last Saturday.

The San Diego Police Officers Association is collecting money for De Guzman’s family. Donations can be mailed to the San Diego Police Officers Association, 8388 Vickers St., San Diego, CA 92111, or made online.  SDPOA officials asked donors to include “Officer Jonathan De Guzman” in the notes of the online donation or on the memo lines of their checks.