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Student offers tribute to 9/11 victims

To commemorate the15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, Joe Roth chose to complete 2,977 “burpees” for the 2,977 lives that were lost that day.

By Jake Allen, Managing Editor

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, Joe Roth chose to complete 2,977 “burpees” for the 2,977 lives that were lost that day.

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Joe Roth, a junior human resources management major and volunteer firefighter for the Brighton Fire Department, did 2,977 burpees on the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks Sunday as a tribute to the 2,977 people who died that day. (Connor Jensen, Staff Photographer)

A “burpee” is an exercise that consists of dropping into a squat position with your hands on the ground, then kicking your feet into a plank position, while keeping your arms extended. You then have to immediately return to your feet into the squat position and then jump up, creating one complete rep.

Roth, a junior Human Resource major and  firefighter for the Brighton Fire Department, wanted to spread awareness for those who passed away on Sept. 11 especially showing respect for other fellow firefighters. Choosing to complete the exercise in the Le Chase Commons, Roth started around 1:30 p.m. and was expected to finish later Sunday evening.