Well Saturday morning was here bright and early. An early start is essential to arriving on time at the Santa Monica Pier. Once again we gathered in front of the Oxnard FS for our morning briefing, prayer and offering of remembrances for those passed and those battling daily.
It was time to hit the road with an Oxnard FD escort who then handed us off to the Pt. Magu Naval FD. It's great to see our fellow firefighters coming out to lend their presence which provides a tremendous emotional lift.
Finally, we entered southbound on the "great pacific firebreak", PCH. Everyone gets a lift in their pedals as they near Malibu.
One of the purposes of our ride is to celebrate the lives of those we've lost to cancer. We rolled into Ventura County FS56 to celebrate the life of Firefighter Steven Gregory who passed away in August, 2007. On hand were members of his family who received the framed jersey from rider BC Steve Winter, VCFD and Fire Velo president Jim Berklite.
Returning to the road LACoFD Engine 99 with Captain Andy Doyle (Local 1014) and crew provided an escort towards Zuma Beach where we were treated to a water show from one of our Lifeguard boats.
Closer now, we picked up Patrol 70 at 88's for the ride into the pier at Santa Monica.
The finish at the pier would not be possible without the assistance of our lifeguard folks at Santa Monica. Section Chief Linkletter, Capt. Mike Mcluroy and the on-duty lifeguards. Additionally, Santa Monica FD & PD make it possible to safely navigate the last mile and ride onto the pier. Families in place to welcome us home.
After some refreshments, we held our closing ceremonies. Presentations were made to the families of 2 firefighters lost to cancer. The first was retired LAFD member Wendy Cummings who was involved with operations after 9/11. Wendy lost her battle earlier this year. Retired LAFD Captain Marv "Marvelous" made the presentation.
Our last honoree was Fireman Richard "Doc" O'Connor who served with the Costa Mesa FD from 1964 to 1988. Richard passed away on November 18, 2014. Our very own Bob "zummer" Masuzumi who retired from CMFD made the presentation to retired Capt. Barry Adams, CMFD on behalf of Evelyn O'Connor.
We are continuing to receive donations and our final expenses are being added up, but it looks at this time that we raised around $50,000.
Thanks to the efforts of FFPM Howard Ferguson and our support staff you can see a day to day photo travelogue of our ride by going to www.firevelo2015ride.info
Thanks everyone for your support again this year.
Be safe, stay healthy.