Brotherhood Ride honors fallen firefighters

By Ryan Korsgard - Reporter

HOUSTON - The Brotherhood Ride covered 750 miles to honor the four Houston firefighters killed in the line of duty one year ago and the 15 other firefighters in Texas who died while serving their communities.

A total of 34 riders rode from Louisiana to Dallas, West, Bryan and Houston to honor the fallen by visiting their fire stations.

"It's a personal thing to every rider in a different way," senior Houston Fire Department captain Tim Dunn said. "But you'll notice on all of the jerseys, we have the names of the fallen on the back. Every time it gets hard, every time you hit a hill and it's harder and harder to pedal, when you look up, that's the name you see on the jersey. That's who you're riding for and what keeps you going."

It was a 750-mile journey. The Brotherhood Ride supports the families of the fallen both financially and emotionally. The organization said it has given $119,000 to the families of fallen firefighters since in the past seven years.

"We want to make sure all of the family members who have lost a police officer or a firefighter or an EMS worker in the line of duty knows that a year later we truly remember them or honor their loss," Houston Fire Department rescue chief Robert Branch said.

The ride ended at HFD Station 68 in southwest Houston on Friday night.

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