HAMILTON, NJ -- Three local firefighters will saddle up on their bicycles and make the more than 300-mile long ride from Washington D.C. to Pennsylvania in September to pay tribute to the first responders lost on 9/11 and to honor members of the military. The event is part of the 9/11 Promise Run which was established in 2016 to commemorate the lives lost in the terrorist attacked of 2011 and remember those still dealing with the aftermath.
The local team will include: Hamilton Fire Captain Harold (JR) Summers, Hamilton Firefighter Kelly Montesano, and former Hamilton Firefighter Thomas (TJ) Hargraves who is currently a firefighter with the Montclair Fire Department. Both Summers and Hargraves are also instructors at the Mercer County Fire Academy while Montesano also serves as an EMT in Trenton.
"This in an opportunity to remember and honor, to raise funds for children of those who have sacrificed for our communities and nation, and to grow with family and friends," said Nick Buroczi, president of Hamilton FMBA Local 284. "The journey of these cyclists is a small example of our respect and pride we have for those who served on one of the darkest days in our nation's history."
The three-day trip will begin on September 9 near the Pentagon and will travel 91 miles north spending the night at the Vigilant Hose Company in Emmitsburg, PA. On day two of the journey riders will bike another 107 miles toward the United Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA. where one of the planes hijacked by terrorists crashed following the heroic final moments of passengers and plane crew. Along the way, cyclists will stop at various firehouses and served meals to keep their energy going. The final day will include participation in the 9/11 ceremony at the Flight 93 Memorial.
During the bike ride, other members participating in the Promise Run will be running from the Pentagon to Ground Zero.
In 2018, the 9/11 Promise Run, Inc. established itself as a non-for-profit organization to provide scholarships to qualified children of first responders and military service members who have been killed or injured and are unable to hold employment. The first scholarships funded by this charity will be awarded to student beginning in the academic school year of 2020/21.
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