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Big Andy

Big Andy

Warm-Up: Hip mobility

3 Rounds Not For Time:
10 Hollow Rocks
6-10 strict Chin-Ups
8-13 Ring Push Ups

MetCon – AMRAP in 5 mins:
7 OHS (115/75)
5 Bar-Facing Burpees
Rest 2 min
MetCon – AMRAP in 3 mins:
5 Bar-Facing Burpees
Rest 1 min
MetCon – AMRAP in 1 min:
5 Bar-Facing Burpees

This past Saturday at 9am we did the workout “31” in honor of the 31 killed in the helicopter crash August 6th 2011. For those of you who participated in it, you know how rough it was. For those of you who didn’t, you missed out. One person in particular was very special to an extension of the CrossFit Ktown family. Here is a bio on him that was sent to me. I felt it should be shared with everyone.

Andrew “Big Andy” William Harvell, 26 years old of Southern Pines, NC was killed on the night of August 6, 2011. Andy was part of an elite special operations team executing a helicopter assault into the Tangi Valley, Wardak Province Afghanistan. While approaching the target, their CH-47 helicopter was shot down, killing everyone on board. Andy was born on September 26, 1984 at Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, CA. He was the second of three children, Sean, his older brother and Analese, his little sister who were all born and raised in Long Beach. Andy played football for four years at Millikan High School where he graduated in 2002. After graduation, Andy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and completed the training pipeline to become a combat controller. In 2006, Andy was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron where he completed four deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. In 2009, he tried out for and was selected to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, the pinnacle of Air Force Special Operations. It was his second deployment with his new unit that Andy was bound for an enemy target and shot down with his brothers in arms. Andy’s military awards include the Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. He was a static-line jumpmaster. In 2007, Andy met Krista Klonk and married two years later, just days after completing his selection for the 24th STS as well as a 40-mile ruck march through the Appalachian Mountains. Andy was the father of two boys, three-year-old, Hunter and five-month-old, Ethan, who were the pride of his life. Andy was a true patriot, a man who loved his wife dearly, a man who strived to be the best father to his sons that he could be, and a man who could make a crowd laugh at any time and constantly did. Andy perished as a warrior, taking the fight to our nations enemies. He is survived by his wife, Krista; two sons, Hunter and Ethan; father, John Harvell; mother, Jane Maher; brother, Tech Sgt. Sean Harvell (also a USAF Combat Controller); and sister, Analese Eder.

Until tomorrow,
<3 Coach Miss J

The Harvell family.

By | 2017-04-25T14:38:50+00:00 January 3rd, 2012|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|4 Comments


  1. Noel January 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    You were the “First There.” Won’t ever be enough but thank you.

  2. G8r Ranger Dave January 3, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Every day, we must strive to be worthy of the citizenship that Andy paid for. He loved us all so much that he willingly chose to leave the preciousness, the fullness, the richness, of his safe life here. Where do we get such men? Blue skies, Andy.

  3. Erin January 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I’m seriously crying (correction: uncontrollably sobbing) right now. Thanks, Miss J… Thanks.

  4. Rachel Henry January 4, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Thank you all so much for completing this workout. Andy was my sisters fiancé’s best friend and an amazing man. Chris and his other friend Doug have set up a separate fund for Andy’s children to have for when they are older and attending college. We have shirts that were created in honor of Andy and all donations go to this fund. Thank you all so much. It means so much to have such an amazing group of people supporting others. You’re an amazing extended family!!

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