PLAQUEMINE – The Plaquemine Elks Lodge #1398 will host the sendoff to the 2014 Brotherhood Ride – Cycling for Fallen Heroes on May 22.

The event includes over 40 emergency responders who will ride bicycles in honor of 19 firefighters from Texas who died in the line of duty in 2013.

Their journey travels up to Dallas then down through West and Bryan ending on May 30 in Houston. The nine-day event is over 750 miles with an average of 80-100 miles a day. 

The Brotherhood Ride organization consists of firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel who ride bicycles to honor emergency responders who died in the line of duty. Their mission is to provide emotional and financial support to the families on or near the anniversary of their death. 

Over the past six years, they have honored the memory and sacrifice of a total of 444 first responders including firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel. 

They have traveled on bicycles over 4,700 miles through 16 states and have been hosted and assisted by over 40 Elks Lodges nationwide.

Through year-round fundraising efforts, the Brotherhood Ride has been able to honor the memory of fallen heroes and provide emotional and financial support to their families with over $191,000 in donations to families left behind.  

Past Brotherhood Rides include cycling to Charleston, S.C. in 2008, Florida in 2009, Houston in 2010, New York City in 2011,

Florida in 2012 and Tennessee in 2013. 

The Brotherhood Ride is a non-profit public charity organization. Other than the cost of conducting the rides, all donated proceeds go directly to the beneficiaries designated.