Monday, July 25, 2016

The Brotherhood Ride & Honoring all First Responders/Emergency Personnel of Franklin County

The Brotherhood Riders organization, a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity, consists of Firefighters, Police Officers and EMS personnel who ride bicycles to honor emergency first responders who died in the line of duty. Their mission is to provide emotional and financial support to the families on or near the anniversary of their death. Their team has traveled on bicycles over 7,100 miles through sixteen states including SC, TX, NY, FL, TN, VA, PA, NJ, CT, and MA and are very proud to have donated over $359,000 to families left behind.  The 2016 ride left Naples, FL on Saturday, July 23 and will end in Ft. Walton, on Friday, July 29, 2016.

They are scheduled to arrive in the City of Carrabelle on Wednesday, July 27, around 4:00-5:00 p.m., and depart Carrabelle Thursday, July 28 at 8:00 a.m.  The Carrabelle Christian Center, at 142 River Road in Carrabelle, have volunteered the use of their Fellowship Hall for overnight accommodations. C-Quarters Marina, The Moorings Marina, Carrabelle Boat Club, and Sunset Isles RV & Yacht will be providing the riders with the opportunity to shower before their evening meal. The Legion Riders from American Legion Post 82 will host dinner for the riders that evening at the Christian Center.

The morning of Thursday, July 28, Hog Wild Bar-B-Q will host breakfast at 7:00 a.m. (volunteers please arrive at 6:30 a.m.) at the Christian Center (142 River Road, Carrabelle) and riders will be on the road at 8:00 a.m., heading to their next stop in Panama City.  The breakfast will be FREE and open to all active and retired Franklin County Law Enforcement, Emergency Personnel, FWC, Cities and County dignitaries of Franklin County.  The invitation is also open to family members who have lost a First Responder, whether or not in the line of duty. We request all active Emergency Personnel to be in uniform, if possible. The Brotherhood Riders will be served first, then the local emergency personnel, then all the dignitaries.

We would like to ask all City & County dignitaries to volunteer to serve breakfast  to the riders and Franklin County emergency personnel. Then the dignitaries will be served by our volunteers. We are also requesting the Mayors or ranking official of each community, and the ranking official of each branch of Law Enforcement and Emergency Service to say a few words in honor of these men and women.

Please let me know as soon as possible if and how you will be able to personally participate. I would appreciate a call from the Leader of each group invited to the breakfast letting me know how many of their organization will be attending to insure enough food for everyone! Individuals can show their support by lining up on U.S. Hwy 98 in front of the IGA as they riders enter Carrabelle Wednesday, around 3:45 till… and Main Street in Apalachicola Thursday, around 9:00-9:30 a.m. If your organization flies an America Flag outside,  it would be another show of respect for our fallen heroes to fly it at half-mast these two days (if possible). I would also appreciate any ideas and assistance to make this event really special.

The Carrabelle Dollar General has donated small American Flags for us to distribute. Anyone wanting to donate items from the list below can bring them to the Carrabelle Chamber before 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 27.

Lisa Munson
Executive Director
Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center
105 St. James Avenue (Hwy 98)
Carrabelle, FL 32322
(850) 697-2585