- A group of motorcyclists will ride 85 miles this weekend to raise money for the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial in Wisconsin Rapids.
The Red Knights Chapter 5 based in Rhinelander is a motorcycle group made up of firefighters and EMS professionals. The 5th annual Ride for the Memorial will honor fallen firefighter Steve Fritz.
"We're going to work our way down to the Rothschild Fire Department where we're going to have lunch and honor fallen firefighter Chief Steve Fritz. From there, we're going to move on to the Rudolph Fire Department. And then we'll be escorted in from there down to the memorial park in Wisconsin Rapids," said Red Knights Motorcycle Club Chapter 5 president Monty Timm.
The group hopes to raise at least $1,000 for the memorial. The memorial honors every firefighter in the state who has died in the line of duty.
"The whole purpose of the day is to help remember our fallen brothers and sisters, fellow firefighters who have passed on doing what we love to do: fight fires and save buildings and people and help one another," Timm added.
There will be a ceremony at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial in Wisconsin Rapids featuring speakers and an honor guard. The Red Knights Chapter from Eau Claire will meet up with the group in Rudolph.
The ride is this Saturday, August 23rd. Registration starts at 11 a.m. at the Merrill Fire Department.
It costs $30 for a single rider and $45 for two. For more information, visit the websites below.
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Ride for the Memorial
|Story By: Lauren Stephenson