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750 motorcycles participate in 15th annual Firefighters Memorial Ride

Posted at 11:27 PM, May 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 12:04:00-04

CLEVELAND — A little rain wasn't going to stop the 750 motorcycles that took part in the 15th Annual Firefighters Memorial Ride in Cleveland to honor fallen firefighters Sunday morning.

The ride began at the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial in front of the Great Lakes Science Center and ended at Lake Erie Harley Davidson.

The organizers of the memorial ride said they want to bring awareness to the deaths that occur due to job-related health problems such as cardiac issues and occupation-related cancer, which killed three of the firefighters from the area who died last year.

John Kikol, President of the Firefighters Memorial Ride doesn’t want this to be the only day first responders are remembered.

“If you remember the Boston Marathon when the explosion happened, everybody was running in the opposite direction, you saw a firefighter and a police officer running towards where the explosions occurred,” Kikol said. “We need to make sure we continue to say thank you for what they do.”