As much as you want something to happen right away, it’s not going to because there’s a different plan. These are the words of Red Rush Athlete Andrew Tagdhiri, who for many years dreamed of being a father and becoming a firefighter.
Back in 2010, he owned a gym in California. “I really wanted to get into the fire service, helping people and being the first one people call when they’re in trouble,” Andrew stated, “but life wasn’t leaning me toward that way.” So three years later, he moved to Idaho. “I fell in with the right people and worked for the right people.”
Andrew had been actively involved with CrossFit, which is how he met Phillip Jermann, biologist and quality assurance manager for The AIM Companies. Andrew also found a gym, Snake River CrossFit, where he found himself to be an asset, and started coaching full time for owners Frank and Michaela Beauvais. Frank happened to be a well-known firefighter in the valley. “He took me under his wing, and I followed in his footsteps,” Andrew said.
In August 2017, Andrew began four months of training at the Treasure Valley Joint Fire Academy. “The first three months focused on drill work followed by a month in a classroom,” Andrew stated. “Phillip had hooked me up with Red Rush in 2014 at CrossFit, and it had made my lungs feel fresh. The amount of air and oxygen that I could get was a big difference than when I didn’t take it. So it really helped me physically with the grueling, firefighter tryout process and mentally for the focus I needed in the classroom. Other guys got tired, but Red Rush helped me to keep pushing through.”
Four days before Andrew graduated from the academy, his wife, Bri, gave birth to their first child, a baby girl named Elliet. “Pretty good finale to 2017,” Andrew exclaimed. “Everything we’ve been praying for ever since we’ve known each other. Bri’s known that I’ve wanted to be a firefighter and a dad for a long time. All of it came true in perfect timing. Life aligned so perfectly.”
Andrew and his family live in Nampa, Idaho, home of AIM USA. Red Rush continues to be a daily part of his shift work at the Meridian Fire Department. “Something I was made to do is to be there for people, an avenue outside of coaching CrossFit or athletes, to help people, but now in people’s everyday lives, not just at the gym,” Andrew said. “And Red Rush is working out to better my skills in a way of being able to perform as an occupational athlete. Sometimes I have to make game-time decisions that can affect lives. Red Rush keeps me focused and doesn’t let fatigue make those decisions.”
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