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:

ABC Local Article: Memorial Service for Sergeant Paul Starzyk Today at 11am at the Sleep Train Pavilion.

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.

Catalina Torres:


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

42 Pull-ups

95 pound Overhead squat, 15 reps

30 Pull-ups

95 pound Overhead squat, 9 reps

18 Pull-ups

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  • Craig

    Tragic. Condolences to the families of Catalina Torres and Sgt. Paul Starzyk.

  • Jenny Verschuur


    I wanted to say thanks for your daily postings, they are a great inspiration and thoughtful. Great job!!!! Thanks again.

  • Mark L.

    It seems both Starzyk and Torres died “in the line of duty”. This is a grim reminder that living for something bigger than ourselves doesn’t always make sense in perspective of man’s world.
    While my sweat, this evening, won’t put a dent in the trauma those children will have to live with for the rest of their lives, nor will it return lost love ones, I hope that the offering I make will register in eternity, somehow.
    Praise God we have policemen who bear the brunt of the ugliness that comes with man.
    “The Shield” is much more than a metaphor!

  • lucaz.

    Good job to all of you that came to my class this morning, great turn out, Brian S. check this site up for your shoulder’s problem, and for any other problem you might have http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net it helps. See you all on Tuesday

  • RUINER @ DiabloCrossFit

    Was looking through the mothership archives and found this painful little number…
    150 squats + run 800m + 150 squats for time.


    God Bless The Warriors…
    If you have a reason to fight…remember it today.
    If you don’t have something worth dying for…you may already be dead.

    Hmmm, Dr. King really was onto something…

  • Moises G.

    It feels great to be back, I missed you all and it was good to see the DCF Family again. Kicked my own ass with “Randy” followed by “Nate”, still not enough pain and suffering to make up for the lost HERO’s. You will always be remembered Sgt. Starzyk.

  • J Jones

    Jamie and I did “Josh” today for her birthday and for ‘those who have gone before’. She said she wanted an 11min workout for her birthday, and she just about got it.

    JJ – 5:59 Rx’ed
    Jamie – 11:13 (20lb bar OHS, and Grn band pull ups)