Last Friday, Waxahachie community member Robbie Valdez, participated in a 9/11 "ruck" in honor of the first responders.


According to the military website, for a ruck, "The definition can be as simple as walking around with a backpack on a hike or as difficult as moving fast with all your military gear, loaded for bear, over rugged terrain, infiltrating to your objective. But the terms ruck, hump, or forced march, all really mean getting your gear from A to B in a backpack."


The ruck lasted for 11 miles, as Valdez also did a nine-mile run, 343 flutter kicks, 71 pull ups, 44 burpees and 2226 box step ups.


"Thank you Waxahachie Police Dept for joining my husband Robbie Valdez and supporting him during his 9/11 ruck but most of all thank you for all that you do for our community," shared wife Yazmin Valdez through Facebook.


Many community members praised and thanked Valdez for his commitment and service. Valdez would like to do this again next year for Sept. 11 but is unsure of where he will be.


"Thank you everyone. Like it was for you September 11th was a life changer for me. I am extremely blessed to live in this country, state and great community! Unfortunately my work (Active Navy) may take me elsewhere next year, but if doesn’t I would definitely like to make this (or something similar) a community day of remembrance," Valdez said. "Thank you to our local first responders, I pray and hope for your safety every day. Have a good week Waxahachie go out there and live for all those who are no longer with us."