Posted: Apr 6, 2010 12:52 PM by Anna Brown
Updated: Apr 6, 2010 1:45 PM
The 2010 Brotherhood Ride is passing through Louisiana today and stopping at Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc. in Livingston Parish.
The Brotherhood Ride was formed to honor nine firefighters from the Charleston, South Carolina Fire Department that died in the line of duty on June 18, 2007. The group consists of firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical personnel.
Each year, the Brotherhood rides bicycles from Florida to the hometown of “unsung heroes from around the country.” Their mission is to provide emotional and financial support for the heroes’ families and friends. The ride takes place near the one year anniversary of a hero's death, as a reminder that the Brotherhood has not and will not forget them.
This year, the ride has been dedicated to two Houston firefighters. Captain Harlow and Firefighter Hobbs responded to an early morning house fire on Easter, April 12, 2009. The two men died while performing a search for a reported possible victim.
The Brotherhood ride began on April 1, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida. The group will cycle 850 miles to Houston, Texas.
Ferrara has also organized a fundraiser at Happy’s Irish Pub on Third Street in downtown Baton Rouge. The event will take place this evening to raise money for the ride. The event will be from 6 – 10 p.m. and will feature the band “The Anteeks.” T-shirts and wristbands will be sold for $10 for an “all-you-can-drink” special. Donations will also be accepted.