First responders prepping for Brotherhood Ride to mark 9/11 anniversary

A group of first responders are honoring people just like them.

The Brotherhood Ride is gearing up for a big trip in less than a month as they prepare to honor 26 first responders who died in the line of duty in Florida last year.

The group is also riding to mark 20 years since the 9/11 attacks.

The group was out training Friday morning at Trek Bicycles and road for about 60 miles.

The riders will bike from Naples to New York City, covering about 70 to 100 miles a day.

The group also made the trip 10 years to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

“The experience we had when we rode into 9/11 was unbelievable to see the outpouring of support that we received from the local firefighters and police officers up there,” said Jeff Morse, battalion chief for the North Collier Fire Department. “Knowing that September 11th is such a big deal for them, you know we’re just a bunch of guys from Florida. Didn’t think we’d get much of a reception up there but everyone we ran into couldn’t thank us enough for doing it.”

The group leaves on Aug. 21 and will pedal about 1,700 miles for 23 days, getting to New York City on Sept. 11.

Reporter:Chris Cifatte
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