National EMS Memorial Bike Ride


National EMS Memorial Bike Ride

No more excuses! Join the National EMS Memorial BIke Ride to honor your fallen brothers and sisters.

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Media Attention 2 Replies

Last reply by Lisa Bell May 21, 2009.

Hotels for NY-VA ride 4 Replies

Last reply by Susan Apr 5, 2009.

Ways to Honor Them

Started by Lisa Bell Dec 22, 2008.

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Comment by James T. Laidlaw IV on June 3, 2010 at 1:06pm
Jeanette...I think a lot of us are feeling we're in that boat....there ARE vans that will pick you up...even showing support on a partial ride is good!

Plus with all the EMT's and paramedics, I think they'll be tripping over each other with their oxygen if you need it!
Comment by Jeanette Hornung on June 2, 2010 at 4:13pm
I'm thinking hard about it. Might have to strap on my portable O2!
Comment by James T. Laidlaw IV on June 2, 2010 at 11:10am
Hey all....Looking for some correspondence on the CO ride on June 25th. Who's all going?
Comment by Jennifer Berry on May 18, 2010 at 12:41pm
Hey Muddy Angels! We're looking for some "Blogs from the Road." After you're done riding but before you go to bed, just send us a quick note about the most interesting experience you've had riding that day, or just let us know why you're riding.
Comment by sherill howell on May 25, 2009 at 3:54pm
shane dingus rules
Comment by Eileen on May 25, 2009 at 12:57pm
Go Steve, Mike, Jen, Doug and all the rest
Comment by Howard R. Schwartz on May 20, 2009 at 6:32am
Howdy All from Woodstock, VA;

Another early day with a bus ride across the Bay in to Prince Georges County where we were joined by 12 of our brothers from the Maryland State Police Aviation for a short ride to the park where MSP Trooper 2 crashed. The memorial included speeches by dignitaries from MSP, PC county and Maryland EMS and a fly over by MSP Trooper 8. The first very moving moment was the introduction of Jordan, the lone survivor (one of two patients on board at the time of the incident). Everyone then moved up a path in the woods to the actual crash site where a brief recall of the final flight and subsequent events was read and taps was played. It was surreal standing at the crash site, listening to the events of that fateful night, and thinking about the crews searching for and then finding the downed aircraft. I then began to think about Jordan (only 18 years young), the sole survivor and what that night must have been like for her, surviving first a car crash then less then an hour later surviving a helicopter crash. If that is not enough, having to lye trapped in the wreckage while strapped to a stretcher in the dark of night with a cold rain for hours before being rescued for a second time. My mine has spent all afternoon unable to come up with words to describe what this young lady has experienced that night and her subsequent physical and emotional recovery. She has shown me a level of interpersonal strength that I can only strive to achieve. We welcome the MSP Troopers and Jordan into our family as we continue to Roanoke. Joan was able to participate in the memorial before continuing in to VA to set-up one of our afternoon rest stop. After all that we then rode about 10 miles down Pennsylvania Ave to the Nations Capital for lunch. About a third of the group went to the hill and met with their Congressional Representatives. Another third played Tommy Tourist around DC, and the rest rode into northern VA. In spite of traffic it was a nice 25 mile ride. The evening concluded with a chicken BBQ hosted by the local fire and rescue squad. Tomorrow we climb the several thousand feet up onto the Skyline Drive.

Comment by Howard R. Schwartz on May 20, 2009 at 6:30am
Howdy from Sussex, DE,

The day started early, again...on the bus by 0600 to the fire station and our bikes for a 0700 departure. A cold and overcast morning. Joan hung back for a jaunt to a bike store in Phila. for some parts and supplies before heading to Dover for our service at the Capital. She then continued to Georgetown for the end of the day activities (more later). A busy day of behind the scene helping to make all of what we do possible. We left and headed south in to Delaware to our first stop at Wilmington Manor Fire and a brief service for Michelle Smith. Back on the road and a short distance later we past the crash site where she was killed. The site was marked with several of her company apparatus on both sides of the road with lights flashing and crew standing and saluting. Very moving and emotional. At that point the weather didn't matter, my legs suddenly didn't hurt any more, it was all about Michelle, Stephanie and reflecting on something much bigger than me. I spent most of the day riding with Sam Yodder (Allentown EMS). We spent a lot of time talking about our on losses and how these special people influenced us and our EMS career. Early afternoon we arrived in Dover at the State Capital for a brief service with the Lt. Governor., then continued south towards Georgetown. Just prior to our final destination we cross the 100 mile mark for the day. My first one day Century ride, OO-RAH!!! As we rode into town we were joined by many of Stephanie's coworkers and her two (very) young children riding their own bikes. We came in to a circle under to two ladder trucks with an American flag hanging between and ambulances around the outside with lights flashing and crews at attention and others cheering for us. There we participated in a very moving memorial service. I got to met up with Joe Hopple, a Paramedic and friend of Stephanie. Joe was an instructor of mine from Paramedic school in Williamsport and a close friend of Kline DeWire (another Instructor of mine from school) and who I am riding for. Meeting up with him was very special for me. It was great to have a chance to catch up with him, talk about Kline, and listen to stories about Stephanie. Following the service we rode a short couple of blocks (nothing after riding 104.5 miles) to an old fashion BBQ with bean, dogs and burgers behind Sussex ALS HQ. The excitement of hitting the 100+ mile mark was good, but it was the toughest emotional day for me thus far. I hope that as we move on tomorrow that I am able to carry some of the sorrow from the Delaware EMS family with me, helping them with their healing process.

Well it is after 2230 and tomorrow is another early day, on the road by 0545. Tonight I my thoughts remain with Michelle and Stephanie's families and friends.

Comment by Jennifer Frenette on May 10, 2009 at 12:50pm
Hi All -
The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride starts in 6 days! Our website should have daily blogs on the ride - - If we are riding by your neck of the woods - come out to the street and cheer us on!
Thanks for all the support.

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