Brotherhood ride plans to pedal into city to raise funds for 2011 fallen Florida emergency responders' families
The 2012 Brotherhood Ride will pedal into the city and then the Delray Beach Elks Lodge on Monday, June 4, to raise money for the families of emergency responders who died in the line of duty.
Beginning on June 3, in Naples, the 2012 Brotherhood Ride will honor and raise funds for families of 11 fallen heroes who died while protecting the citizens of Florida last year. The bicycle ride will cover a total of 550 miles as it circles from Southwest to Southeast Florida and ends in St. Petersburg on June 10.
A team consisting of 55 people, including 40 riders and 15 support staff will arrive in the city at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 4, at the Delray Elks Lodge, 265 NE Fourth Ave., where they’ll meet local officials and friends. At 8 a.m., on Tuesday, June 5, the 2012 Brotherhood Ride will depart for their next city on the fundraising tour.
“In four short years, the Brotherhood Ride has been able to raise and donate over $118,000 for the families of public safety officials who died in the line of duty,” Delray Beach Elks spokeswoman Carol Dugan said.
"The organization is entirely comprised of volunteers, who are themselves emergency responders: firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel. Other than the cost of conducting the rides, all donated proceeds go directly to the beneficiaries designated.”
The 2012 Brotherhood Ride participated in the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They will be asking the city’s fire and police department to escort them through the city.
Dugan said that retired North Naples Fire Chief Jim Jones will be the first person to arrive at the lodge and will work as a liaison until they arrive. The Brotherhood Ride is a nonprofit public charity organization dedicated to honoring emergency responders who died in the line of duty.