600-mile bike ride honors fallen heroes, completed in Fort Myers

Thirty-seven first responders in the state biked over 600 miles in the past week to honor our state’s fallen heroes. The ride began in Titusville, and the cyclists went north to Jacksonville and then made their way south through the center of the state before finishing in Fort Myers. Among those honored were two of Southwest Florida’s fallen heroes.

The 2019 Cycling for Fallen Heroes event organized by Brotherhood Ride was completed at Fort Myers Police Department Saturday.

Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller of Fort Myers Police Department and Engineer Michael Camelo Jr. of Cape Coral Fire Department were two first responders among 19 fallen officers, rescuers and two K9 unit dogs honored in the Brotherhood Ride.

Officer Jobbers-Miller was shot and killed in the line of duty last year. And Engineer Cameo died of a brain aneurysm in the line of duty last year.

“I first met Mike when I was in fire Academy,” said Matt Cruso with CCFD. “He was 100 miles an hour full of life, full of energy. Mike was the kind of guy that when he walked in the room he lit up that room. You knew he was there.”

“I just want them to remember that Adam was very honorable,” said Sgt. Domonic Zammit with FMPD. “He loves his job, and he
loves his community. He loves his brothers and sisters here at the Fort Myers Police Department.”

First responders and their families felt just about every emotion imaginable at the culmination of the seven-day trek through Florida. All were excited and proud, as they welcomed their loved ones home from their journey — reflective and mournful of their fallen brothers.

“No one will ever understand what it’s like to lose a fallen brother in a line of duty,” Zammit said. “It’s a feeling you can never describe.”

MORE: Brotherhood Ride – 2019 Cycling for Fallen Heroes

Reporter:Sydney Persing
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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