Firefighters, police officers finish Carolinas bike ride to honor fallen first responders

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Firefighters and police officers have finished a five-day bike ride through the Carolinas in a way to honor fallen first responders.

The Carolina Brotherhood started their journey in Columbia, South Carolina.

They averaged 100 miles a day on their bikes until they made it to Raleigh Friday afternoon.

During their ride, they met with eight families whose loved one died while in the line of duty.

It’s a way to help the families emotionally and financially.

“During the ride, we had the opportunity to actually suffer, to think about what we’re doing, and to make a sacrifice for those who have made the sacrifice who can’t be there to do what we do,” Raleigh firefighter Dena Ali told CBS North Carolina.

This is the fifth year the nonprofit, Carolina Brotherhood, has ridden.

“It’s been a really tough time, but doing this bring us together. We met so many families this week and we cried with them. They let us know how much they appreciate it. We really felt that what we were doing was important and it reminded us that we are a brotherhood, we’re here for each other,” Ali added.

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