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Brotherhood Ride Visits Hernando County – Honors Those Killed in the Line of Duty

HERNANDO – It may not be “Rolling Thunder” but a group of fire rescue personnel and law enforcement officers are making a lot of noise, with a 650 mile bicycle ride to honor their fallen brothers and sisters.

About 30 first responders banned together on June 3rd for their 8th annual Brotherhood Bike Ride across Florida.

RNRF caught up with the group today at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville, as they made their way through Hernando County.

Lt. Jeff Morse of the North Naples Fire Department founded the Brotherhood Ride in 2007, after 9 firefighters were killed during a devastating fire in Charleston South Carolina. Morse says, the following year the organization road from Naples to Charleston in honor of those firefighters who were killed. “We wanted to show those families who lost loved ones that we really Never Forget” says Morse.

According to Mores, this year’s ride honors the 6 police officers, 3 firefighters, and one k-9 who died in the line of duty.

Biker Bobby Respress says the group has ridden over 170 miles since yesterday. Although he hasn’t lost anyone he knew personally, Respress say “I’m proud to be a part of this ride to honor my brothers and sisters.”

The 8 day ride will conclude in Talahasse after a stop across the state in Jacksonville.

For more information on the Brotherhood Ride, go to .

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  • I wish I knew about this I was a volunteer firefighter in up state n.y. this is awesome.

    Wednesday, 10 June 2015, 2:52 pm
  • I would like to have known about this. My son does the Unity Ride from Delaware to DC to ride for those that died. I would have loved the opportunity to show my appreciation for all they have done and are doing.

    Monday, 8 June 2015, 5:32 pm
  • I agree with Paul,
    But the media can’t be everywhere all at once, especially when there is no event announcement by the events organizers.

    As always, good job in bringing the important news to us Tom. Great story.

    Monday, 8 June 2015, 5:27 pm
  • This should have been advertised before hand so supporters could have went out to show our thanks. Nothing like covering it after the fact

    Monday, 8 June 2015, 4:30 pm
  • What a great tribute to those we’ve lost in the line of duty. Riders be safe.

    Monday, 8 June 2015, 2:35 pm

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