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The 13th Annual Firefighters Memorial Ride honors four fallen heroes of 2016

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Posted at 4:15 PM, May 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-28 16:29:53-04

Firefighters risk their lives every day putting out fires.

During Memorial Day weekend, the community honored four Ohio heroes who died in 2016 doing a job they loved.

  • Fire Technician/Industrial Firefighter Kenneth Ray Jr., age 32, served part time Union Fire Department, the Creston Police Department and volunteer with Atwater Fire Department-Last Alarm March 20, 2016
  • Firefighter John R. Fritz, age 48 of the Austintown Fire Department- Last Alarm June 27, 2016
  • Firefighter Adam Long, age 44, of the Defense Supply Center Columbus Fire and Emergency Services-Last Alarm October 31, 2016
  • Firefighter Ruben Mast, age 43, of the Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department- Last Alarm December 19, 2016
The 13th Annual Memorial Day attracted more than 1,000 riders to downtown Cleveland. The 40-mile procession from Cleveland to Bedford Heights was a way for the community to honor the fallen heroes.

For Dave Haber who attended the event, it's one that is personal and close to the heart.

"My uncle was a firefighter so when I do this I think about him," said Haber.

Some riders who attended have been hitting the payment to show their support for years while some are experiencing it for the first time.

"My uncle was a firefighter so when I do this I think about him," said Ressa Christman of Norwalk.

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