On September 11, 2001 a total of 411 emergency service workers who responded to the Twin Towers died, as they attempted to rescue people and fight fires. The Fire Department of New York lost 343 firefighters. The New York City Police Department lost 23 officers. The Port Authority Police Department lost 37 officers and 8 additional EMTs and paramedics from private EMS were killed.
The 4th Annual Brotherhood Ride 2011 will be dedicated to the 411 fallen heroes on the 10th anniversary of September 11th. Participants will honor the fallen by riding bicycles over 1600 miles in 22 days. The ride will begin in North Naples, Florida, on August 20, 2011 and end at Ground Zero in New York on September 10, 2011.
The riders and support will meet with local fire departments and law enforcement agencies along their route to show the spirit of Brotherhood. There will also be several fundraising events in the Naples-Fort Myers, Florida area. Proceeds will benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Concerns of Police Survivors.
The Brotherhood ride consists of firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical personnel, who ride bicycles to honor their memory. The Brotherhood Ride provides emotional and financial support to the families of the heroes who have died in the line of duty. Past rides include from Naples, Florida, to Charleston, South Carolina, for nine firefighters who died in the line of duty. The second ride encompassed 413 miles to honor a Police Officer whose badge number was 413. The third ride took them to Houston, Texas, to honor two fallen firefighters who died in the line of duty. The Brotherhood Ride has donated over $68,000 to the families.
If you would like more information regarding the ride or to make a donation, you can visit: WWW.BROTHERHOODRIDE.COM or contact Brotherhood Ride President/Founder Jeff Morse at (239) 633-7098.