The 2015 Brotherhood Ride kicked off Saturday morning at North Naples Fire Station #45 to honor 10 Fallen firefighters and police officers from around the state of Florida. Beginning June 6, the ride will travel to North Port, Tarpon Springs, Brooksville, Orlando, Palm Coast, Jacksonville, Live Oak and ends in Tallahassee on June 13.
The Brotherhood Ride is a non-profit public charity organization that has been providing both emotional and financial support to the families who lost their hero while in the line of duty since 2008.
A team of 30 riders and 15 supporters, consisting of firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel, will have covered over 650 miles in the next week when finishing in Tallahassee. The team will average 80–100 miles a day, while meeting with local fire departments and law enforcement agencies across the state.
“We are not heroes, but we are proud to wear the names of the heroes on our back for all to see,” says Jeffrey Morse, the Founder and President of Brotherhood Ride. “My brothers and I have come here to honor [the fallen]. We know that [the fallen] will say ‘I was only doing my job.’ No, [they] were doing the work of God and we will not apologize for reminding everyone that [they] gave [their] life to protect their community.”
Participation extends internationally as members of the team represent their departments in Germany, along with participants from Texas and Massachusetts.
Over the past seven years the ride has honored a total of 468 First Responders, including firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel. The teams have biked over 5,700 miles through sixteen states.
Since the start in 2008, the ride has raised and donated over $248,000 to the families left behind.
If you want to follow along, the ride is using “SPOT”, a Global Positioning Satellite on their website to follow the the procession of cyclist in real time as they make their ride north.
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