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December 28, 2016

Hero Week Day 3 – Alayne Guntal and Civilian Heroes

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Alayne Gentul was more than a manager. She was a friend with a great sense of humor, a terrific personality and “a smile that will light up the stars,” former colleagues said in a tribute to her.

Gentul, senior vice president of human resources for Fiduciary International, died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York. But her memory lives on in many ways, said her husband, Jack Gentul of Mountain Lakes, N.J.

She was on the 90th floor of 2 World Trade when the first plane hit, but she went up to the 97th, because she thought it was her responsibility to get everybody out. It was particularly difficult to get the people in technical support out, because they were backing things up.

Alayne Gentul was 44, had been married for 23 years.  Huddled with eight others, she phoned her husband, the dean of students at New Jersey Institute of Technology, to tell him she loved him and their two boys, Alex, 12, and Robbie, 8.

“At least we got to say goodbye,” he said. “So many didn’t. And I know she did something decent. The chair of Fiduciary told me at least 40 people are alive because of Alayne.”

Workout: White
5 rounds
3 rope climbs
10 T2B
21 OH walking lunges (45/25) (R/L = 2)
400 m run

Ashley White’s Story:
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1st Lt. Ashley White Stumpf was killed during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on October 22, 2011 when the assault force she was supporting triggered an improvised explosive device. As a Cultural Support Team Member on her first deployment to Afghanistan, White selflessly served. Ashley’s actions exemplify the highest commitment to duty, honor, and country. In every instance she served with distinction in support of the Task Force and our great nation.

Ashley was born on September 3, 1987 to parents Robert and Deborah White. Ashley is survived by Robert, Deborah, her twin sister Brittany, brother Josh, and husband Cpt. Jason Stumpf. Ashley was a graduate of Marlington High School (2005) and Kent State University (2009). Ashley is remembered not simply as an exemplary soldier but as the best daughter, sister, wife and friend anyone could hope to have.
Ashley was very into fitness and is profiled in a Yahoo News story about “the team that trains together, stays together.”  

Nothing embodies the CF spirit more than the idea that combined suffering with those around you, regardless of their background, bringing you closer together.  Hers was the first official “Hero WOD” dedicated to a female soldier, which is fitting for today as we honor a female civilian hero from September 11th.

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