Riders of previous National EMS Memorial Bike Ride. Photo by cherryhill-nj.com
The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride is proud to announce their 2013 East Coast Ride from Rockland, ME to Collingdale, PA. The NEMSMBR honors EMTs and Paramedics by organizing long distance cycling events that memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty.
The NEMSMBR hosts several rides throughout the United States with EMS providers riding for first responders connected through paid, volunteer, fire or aeromedical services that they have lost over the year, many to on-the-job accidents and also to illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Participants carry dog tags containing the names of co-workers and friends that have passed as they pedal along the route. The tags are then given to the families of the fallen in ceremonies held throughout this 7 day event.
This year the East Coast ride is starting in Rockland, ME to honor Dr. Ted LaRochelle, an ER physician who was deeply involved in the Ride who passed away in 2012. Dr. LaRochelle was from Rockland, ME and a strong proponent of EMS. Riders will cover approximately 80-100 miles a day, stopping along the way at area firehouses and EMS stations for remembrance ceremonies and rest stops. At the end of this 500+ mile ride, a Final Ceremony of Remembrance will be held at the Sonesta Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. All are welcome to attend the event and are urged to contact the Board of Directors at www.muddyangels.org.
Day 1 – May 18 Rockland, ME to Portland, ME
Day 2 – May 19 Portland, ME to Manchester, NH
Day 3 – May 20 Manchester, NH to Worcester, MA
Day 4 – May 21 Worcester, MA to Waterbury, CT
Day 5 – May 22 Waterbury, CT to New York City