080911 “THURSDAY” R.I.P. Sargeant Paul Starzyk and Catalina Torres
This post is dedicated to Sergeant Paul Starzyk and all first responders who put their lives on the line to make the world a safer and better place for the rest of us.
Sergeant Paul Starzyk was killed in the line of duty last Saturday in Martinez, California.
Inside Bay Area’s Article:
Trying to save three women and three screaming children from an angry gunman, Martinez police officers Paul Starzyk and Ian Leong stood in a narrow hallway leading to a second-floor apartment on Saturday – and prepared to go in. . .
The gunman had walked upstairs to an apartment where Torres, two women and three children were. The children and one woman hid in a closet. Torres and the other woman hid in the kitchen between the stove and refrigerator, with Torres shielding the woman from sight. . .
When Felix Sandoval found Torres, he killed her. . .
. . . police officials said, gunman Felix Sandoval poked a hand out from behind the door and opened fire, blindly, with a .38-caliber revolver. Starzyk, a 47-year-old sergeant, was wearing a bulletproof vest but was hit twice in the upper body.
Starzyk initially returned fire along with Leong, but he was fatally wounded. . .
A memorial fund has been established for Starzyk’s wife, a Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy, and their three young children. Donations can be made by phone at 925-228-7550, Ext. 855, or mailed to Contra Costa Federal Credit Union, Starzyk Family Memorial Fund, Account #57950-00, 1111 Pine St., Martinez, CA 94553. A funeral has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord.
A scholarship in honor of Catalina Torres has been established at Diablo Valley College. Donations can be made to Diablo Valley College Foundation, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. The memo line of the check should read “Catalina Torres Scholarship Fund.” A funeral has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at St. Catherine’s Church in Martinez.
Pick your favorite Hero workout (Click here for list and descriptions) and do it for Sergeant Starzyk and for all the Heroes who died 7 years ago on September 11th, 2001.
Two good examples are:
In honor of Randy Simmons, 51, a 27 year LAPD veteran and SWAT team member who was killed February 6 in the line of duty. (First posted 13 February 2008)
75# power snatch, 75 reps
SSG Joshua Hager, United States Army, was killed Thursday February 22 2007 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. (First posted 26 February 2007)
95 pound Overhead squat, 21 reps
95 pound Overhead squat, 15 reps
95 pound Overhead squat, 9 reps
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