In late summer of 2019 NW Fire Velo team traveled from Seattle to Colorado Springs, arriving September 21st honoring our fallen firefighters at the annual International Association of Fire Fighters, Fallen Firefighter Memorial.
The 20-day cycling event starting August 29th, covered over 1,600 miles, climbed over 70,000 feet and visits to fire departments in five different states. NW Fire Veloís efforts benefited the Gary Sinise Foundationís R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program.
The Gary Sinise Foundationís R.I.S.E. program was developed to build specially adapted smart homes, vehicles, and mobility devices for these brave defenders.
2017 Seattle to Los Angeles Ride
At the inaugural event in 2017, firefighters bicycled from Seattle, Washington to Los Angeles, California.
After 1,500 miles, and nightly stops with fundraising events at local fire departments, the group raised over $36,000 for the R.I.S.E. Program. They were also instrumental in having the R.I.S.E. Foundation fund new Turn-Out gear for a small volunteer fire department in Sixes River, Oregon.
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