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Northwest Fire Velo - Firefighters cycling for veterans & first responders.

Northwest Fire Velo

Mission Statement:
NW Fire Velo is Firefighters winning the hearts of Americans through cycling for veterans and first responders, honoring those who sacrifice for our freedoms and our safety.

About Us:
Northwest Fire Velo is a nonprofit organization of Northwest United States professional and retired IAFF firefighters. As a fire department-based cycling organization, NW Fire Velo shall support severely wounded Veterans & First Responders, cancer awareness, provide firefighter wellness and to promote fund raising for other nonprofit organizations and specific causes.

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Why we ride....

Northwest Fire Veloís monumental fundraising events and the vision to ride started with a Central Washington native, US Marine Corps, Sgt. Ret. Nick Kimmel, his father Rick and a family friend and founding Board Member, Rich Smith of the Bellevue Fire Department. Nick, who is one of the most severely wounded heroes and a recipient of an adapted smart home from the R.I.S.E. program wanted to give back to the Gary Sinise Foundation for the amazing support in regaining his independence. Thus creating Fire Fighters Ride for RISE (FFR4R).

In 2017, six firefighters came together to ride as FFR4R from Seattle to Los Angeles. The success of this inaugural firefighter ride created the dream of a nonprofit firefighter cycling club known as Northwest Fire Velo. Since 2017, the Gary Sinise Foundationís RISE Program has received over $70,000 from FFR4R and Northwest Fire Velo.

Gary Sinise started helping veterans like Nick soon after his role as Lieutenant Dan in the award-winning movie Forrest Gump. After the horrific attacks of September 11th 2001, he created his own foundation to help our nationís most severely wounded veterans and first responders. His R.I.S.E. program was develop... Read More

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A message from our President

I am proud to be President of Northwest Fire Velo, a non-profit started by firefighters that is dedicated to assisting veterans and first responders.

We are providing a source of funding for much needed programs and resources for those who are severely injured or disabled while protecting our nation and communities. Through our passion of cycling, we are building a link between the people within our communities and firefighters from around our northwest region to raise money.

Additionally, we are providing a mental health release for our riders through our many cycling events. As firefighters, we have earned the trust of the community. As Northwest Fire Velo we will honor that trust, as we promote and give back to our nationís defenders and first responders.

Our integrity will welcome sponsors and citizens alike to join us as we bring awareness to programs and resources that our partner foundations are providing to veterans and first responders across the nation. This is why we ride!

Tom Sowards

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