The Crew

Robert Piparo- Director

Rob Piparo, better known as Pip, is a Lieutenant with the City of New Brunswick Fire Department, located in New Brunswick, NJ and a Paramedic with Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, NJ. He has been involved with emergency services for 17 years. Pip holds certifications as a Firefighter 1 & 2, NJ Level 1 Fire Instructor, Extrication, High Angle and Confined Space Technician, NJ and National Registry Paramedic, and Crossfit Level I.

Pip has always been passionate about fitness. He spent several years running half marathons and training strictly with kettlebells until he discovered Crossfit. He is currently a Coach at Iron Crossfit in North Brunswick , NJ . He has also completed a marathon and an Olympic distance triathlon with hopes of someday being able to compete in an ironman distance.

Pip’s passion for training lead him to the 555 Fitness page, where he quickly developed a friendship with its founder. After several months of back and forth banter, he asked Pip if he wanted to join the team. One could say the rest is history, but for now, we will just say we are too busy making history. email –

Ewa Hlebowicz - CoFounder

Ewa Hlebowicz is a Career Firefighter/Paramedic in Rochester, NY. She has been in the public safety profession for over 10 years and has her Bachelors in Public Safety Administration, Fire Protection Technology and Paramedicine.

Ewa’s other full-time passion/profession is fitness and building healthy relationships with both her group and personal training clients. Ewa spent several years instructing Crossfit and attended the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas to specialize in physical fitness of Law Enforcement and Firefighters. Ewa competes in Crossfit/Strongman/ Bikini Shows in addition to modeling for Fashion Week of Rochester, Lululemon, Rochester Magazine and (585) Magazine. Recently, Ewa has began her own business venture by leading Functional Fitness Training at The Training Grounds Gym in Rochester, NY for small groups while offering personal training to provide a tailored program for clients based upon their specific goals/needs.

Ewa believes there is value in finding a balance between functional programming to increase strength, cardiovascular endurance for the physical challenges of the fireground, and aesthetic training to achieve the appearance that individuals desire. Whether fashion show or fire ground or bikini or beast, Ewa’s workout style proves that you can be strong, sexy and stylish. email –

CJ Hilliard - Grant Coordinator.

CJ Hilliard is a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Denton Fire Department. She has been a member of the fire
service since starting as a volunteer in her high school’s Explorer Program in 2004. CJ has an education
background that includes several rescue certifications, Crossfit L-1 cert, and a Bachelor of Applied Arts
and Sciences with concentrates in Public Administration, Health Promotions, and Emergency

After spending most of her life overweight, CJ found her passion for fitness through preparation for the
fire service. This passion has led to an exploration of all things “fitness”: from playing different sports to
competing in fitness competitions to running a marathon to competing in Crossfit. In the years before
becoming a member of the 555 Fitness Team, CJ was organizing fundraising events in order to purchase
fitness equipment for local fire departments. She now serves as the 555 Fitness Grant Coordinator.


Bobbie Bernhard - Events Coordinator

Bobbie Bernhard has been a Nurse in Ohio for 16 years. She worked at Mercy Health Medical Center, an Inner City Level 1 Trauma Center, in the ER for 10 years. She has been working as a Flight Nurse with Life Flight, a HEMS program that services Ohio, Indiana and SE Michigan, for 6 years. She also served in the Air Force for 8 years.

Bobbie has spent her entire life around Fire and EMS. Both of her parents served for over 20 years each in their hometown Volunteer Department. She would spend her time helping to clean and re-stock after runs. And now works with Fire and EMS doing Air Medical Transport.

Bobbie’s first contact with 555 Fitness was when she reached out to have the 555 Crew come and put on a Fitness Challenge at her Fire and EMS Conference. Since then she has become more involved and now takes care of our Special Events division. If you want to hold a 555 Charity Event you will be talking to her.

Garrett "OG" Huffman - Director of Fitness Development

Garrett “OG” Huffman is a career firefighter with the City of Hickory NC where he has served since 2008 and Fire Apparatus Operator since 2012. OG is our Instagram guy and serves as the catch all moderator of all those emails you guys send about help with programming.
We met Garrett officially at FDIC in 2015 because he was one of our first Instagram super fans who was working as a volunteer staff member (those folks who scan your badges at the door) and took his break just to come meet us and do #squatsinslacks and #burpeesinatie. A bond was formed and a few months later, Pip asked Garrett to be the Instagram account administrator.
In only his second year the OG finished 5th in North Carolina’s firefighter division of the Crossfit open this year and 15th in the region. But he spent his formative fitness days as a competitive powerlifter for 9 years where he was once ranked the #1 overall 181lb lifter by Powerlifting Watch. He can still squat triple his bodyweight.

Robert Reid - Social Media Coordinator

I’m a 15 year career firefighter with Roanoke Fire-EMS. I’m currently a 1st Lieutenant and ride boss on a Ladder Truck and a Crossfit Level One Coach with Roanoke Valley Crossfit for 4 years. I’ve been in the fire service since 1996 when I started volunteering as a junior member at a local VFD. I still love the job and have a passion for out working the young rookies.

Found 555 on Facebook and first reached out to them while lead of a Recruit Academy. I met resistance from a doctor about the type of physical fitness being used for the academy and 555 was so helpful in sharing information and offering any assistance. I instantly began following all the social media and won a pair of shoes during an open challenge where I did Open 14.5 in turnout gear.

After that I was approached by Garret to help with Instagram and it snowballed from there. I now oversee all social media. The main goal of our Social Media team is share the hard work that everyone is putting in to making themselves better and share any events 555 may be involved with. I’m most definitely the rookie of the bunch and love being involved with this bunch.