I am a retired 29 year veteran of the Santa Clara Fire Department . I organized and completed this ride in 2011 for the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. We rode to connect firefighters and their organizations across the US and to share stories of what this ride meant for everyone we met. We collected patches as we went through and placed them on our banner and left that banner at Rescue 1 Station FDNY. It was an honor to present them with it and to share that firefighters across this great nation will never forget that day or those firefighters. This ride I will be riding for Captain Patrick Brown FDNY who made the sacrifice on 9/11/01 and for John Edge who is a personal friend and Retired Army Ranger from Boone, NC. I will Keep them all in my prayers daily as we ride.
I am a retired Santa Clara Fire Captain. I retired in 2000 after a 28 year career so I guess this may makes me the oldest guy on two wheels in this group. I come from a family of firefighters; my big brother, three nephews and a son. My brother John and nephew Bobby both died from occupational cancers. Their names are inscribed on the walls of both the IAFF Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs and the California Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento. I know they will be with me every mile. My other two nephews John and Steve both recently retired as chief officers and my son Patrick is a Captain on the job with SCFD.
I had wanted to ride with Skillet back in 2011 but I didn't even own a bicycle and not enough time to get in shape. When I found out he was doing it again in 2021, I couldn't say no. I bought my first bike six months and I have been riding ever since. So far so good... God willing I will be ready to ride come August 1, 2021
I am 57 years old and I was employed with the City of Santa Clara for 39 years.
Thirty-five of those years were spent with the Santa Clara Fire Department as a career and volunteer firefighter. I have been retired now since 2017.
When my good friend and co-worker, Darrell Sales, asked me if I'd be interested in making the Bay to Brooklyn bike ride in 2021 I responded with a resounding “Yes!”. After looking at the photos and web site from the trip that he and Brother Lombardo made in 2011 I felt like I missed out on a chance of a lifetime.
Well they’re at it again, and I’m all in.
I will be riding alongside not only Brothers that I have worked with but with Brothers I haven’t had the chance to meet yet.
I look forward to meeting these riders in person that have joined the group and the many other people across the Untied States that we will meet along the way.
I am very happy to say that my son will be making the trip with us as well as he is serving in the military in the 75th Ranger Regiment, 2nd Battalion, a Battalion that also lost lives after the attack.
I will be riding the 3,800 miles thinking with every pedal stroke of the First Responders that gave their lives, and the Military personnel that kept us all safe after that fateful day, September 11th, 2001.
Hello, I know what these kind of rides are like as I did a ride similar in 2012. Lots of great memories and can't wait for the next one. I am currently a Battalion Chief for CalFire in Santa Clara County. I am also knee deep in wedding planning and to be married in December.
As a second generation Firefighter - I grew up seeing the sacrifices and selfless service of the Fire Family. This was echoed from the Nipomo Fire Station as I watched our first responders respond to the Twin Towers on 9/11 making the ultimate sacrifice. Over my 27 years of service as a Fire Medic I have been blessed to see so many examples of the very best of the human spirit, it has been my goal to pay that forward. Over the course of a career and a life I have been affected directly by the impacts of trauma, if it was not for the compassionate actions of my family and the brotherhood of the fire service I have no doubt I would not be here today. Recently I have transitioned into our Employee Support branch, working directly with First Responders in Crisis. It is my honor to ride for those who responded that day , and to raise awareness and funds for those who suffer silently from Mental Health and Post Traumatic Stress Injury.
I am currently an Engineer/Paramedic with the City of Maricopa Fire and Medical Department in Arizona and I have been here for 15 years. I am married with 3 kids. My dad was also a firefighter so I grew up in the fire service. I am a casual cyclist but I am looking forward to training for this ride to remember those who gave their lives and those who continue to care for.
Hello, I am looking forward to this ride to help keep the memories of everyone who lost their lives 20 years ago and throughout the war since, alive.
I am a combat veteran with the 75th Ranger Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
To make this trip with firefighters and heroes who fought during these last 20 years is going to be a great experience. I ride for those who can't.
Rangers Lead the Way
I am a retired firefighter who served a total of 40 years working with three different fire departments. My wife Dee and I have four children and 11 grandchildren. A cyclist since 1986, I became interested in road cycling when Greg LeMond won the Tour De France. I am also a bagpiper and have participated in the IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial service for over 20 years. I plan on riding this event with my son Aaron who is an Paramedic/Engineer for the Maricopa (AZ) fire department.
I am currently a Driver Engineer/EMT with the City of Santa Clara Fire Department in California. I am a US Air Force veteran and proud Air Force Academy alum, Class of 1993. I was hired as a Firefighter/EMT in 2001. My fire academy class was just finishing our last week when the towers were struck. Darrell was one of my instructors during my Academy. I completed this memorial ride in 2011 with Darrell and feel privileged to have a second opportunity to ride with him again to honor the 343 and the many that have continued to sacrifice for others since that day. I am blessed with an amazing wife and am a proud stepfather of three beautiful kids. I enjoy most outdoors activities. I am as casual a cyclist as casual can be so I definitely need to ramp up my training again so that I'm a dependable wingman for my team.
My photo above is in honor of Captain Troy Buzzell, an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing!
RIP brother 6/20/78-2/1/21,
I am a Navy veteran that served during the Cold War. I am riding to keep alive the memories of all who selflessly gave of themselves for the sake of others. Service to others pre-dated 9/11, but that day was pivotal in American history. Unimaginable sacrifice occurred on that day as first responders showed the world an epic display of heroism and sense of duty. What began on 9/11 soon continued through the efforts of the men and women of the military, and I am honored to be riding for them as well. There is a saying that rings true to this day… All gave some, some gave all. We must not let their sacrifice be forgotten. I am honored to be riding with such a group of selfless individuals, all whom have been willing to pay whatever price their service required of them. I am happy to have the support of my wife, family and so many others as we cross this great nation on 2 wheels. Never forget! We haven’t.
Joined Plainview Fire & Rescue in Plainview Nebraska in 2009. I was able to ride with Bay to Brooklyn on their 2011 ride and will do it again for the 2021 ride