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Fire Velo Jersey Presentation 2023
On August 26th, the final leg of the 2023 Fire Velo San Francisco to Los Angeles Cancer Awareness Ride we assembled at Los Angeles County Fire Station 70 for a Fire Velo jersey presentation along with Station 88. A wonderful day that included an awesome display of apparatus along with the crews.
Filling in for Los Angeles County Fire Chief Marrone was newly promoted Chief Deputy Jon O'Brien. Also, in attendance Assistant Chief Drew Smith and Battalion Chiefs John Harms and Mike Velasquez. This truly made a difference to the families along with all who attended the presentation event.
Although the ride continued during post covid, we were unable to present our framed jersey to the Ed Dahlen family in 2021. Ed’s family members, Becky and Jason (LAFD) were able to join us, unfortunately brother Jeff (OCFA) was working and unable to attend.
Captain Kenny Renz passed away April 23, 2023, and along with Kenny’s family members Demi and Kody (LACoFD) were in attendance, unfortunately brother Tanner (LACoFD) was out of county on a strike Team.
Over the 15 years that Fire Velo has put on the SF2LA Firefighters Cancer Support Ride, we carried the name of 5 firefighters each year on our sleeve who we've lost to cancer. We hope someday we don't have to add a name.
These 75 firefighters we have honored each year since the initial Fire Velo Fire Cancer Awareness Ride in 2009 represent the others within California that we lost and pay tribute to. ... See MoreSee Less
2023 Fire Velo Riders.
Jim Berklite, Los Angeles County Fire Department
Tim Brewer Brewer Construction
Buck Buchanan Los Angeles County Fire Department
Katy Harris San Francisco Fire Department
Patrick Irey Santa Barbara City Fire Department
Gary Massetani San Francisco Fire Department
Tim Moyer San Francisco Fire Department
Don Neilsen Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Carlos Iribe Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Joel White Marinwood Fire Department
Marv Williams Los Angeles City Fire Department
Steve Winter Ventura County Fire Department ... See MoreSee Less
Final Day - August 26, 2023 Fire Velo Travel Route
Day 7 Oxnard to Santa Monica Pier 50 miles
Finish Noon: Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Join us to meet and greet the riders at the finish line! ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you ! You are awesome!
Anyone know where at the pier the finish is?!
Firefighters Riding for Others……….As we come to an end of the 2023 Fire Velo San Francisco to Los Angeles Ride we pause to remember all those in public safety that have passed away from cancer.
Thank you for your continued support and we appreciate all your assistance to enable us to promote physical and mental wellness in the fire service and partner emergency services by participating in cycling events and charity events across the nation, as well as fundraising to support fire service efforts of cancer awareness, cancer prevention and overall wellness. ... See MoreSee Less
Since the initial San Francisco to Los Angeles Cancer Awareness Ride in 2006, Fire Velo Cycling Club has honored and paid tribute to special individuals who have passed away from cancer. Riders wear on their jerseys the names of the honorees for the year, and along the ride route a custom picture frame with a jersey encased is presented to the family. Typically, on hand for the presentation ceremonies in addition to the riders, are family, friends, coworkers, and the agency from the honoree.
2023 Fire Velo Cycling Club Honorees:
Kenny Renz Los Angeles County Fire Department
Brock Wells San Francisco Fire Department
Jerry Murphy San Francisco Fire Department
Paul Crimmins San Rafael Fire Department
Jerry Thrasher Marinwood Fire Department
Riders also carry names, pictures and other individuals in support or in memory as a tribute to those close and personal to them! This ride is a reminder of the impacts of cancer and an opportunity to provide and share cancer education and awareness to our fire service family along the route.
Monies raised from this ride are utilized by such groups as the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation, Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), Firefighter Cancer Foundation and several other wellness and support groups. Money from the ride has been donated to various groups dealing with cancer prevention and awareness in the fire service. ... See MoreSee Less