Yesterday, June 17, 2017, the Carolina Brotherhood completed their 6-day, 625 mile journey. Cyclists rode in memory of first responders who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Their mission: to provide emotional and financial support for families of those who lost their lives in the line of duty in the Carolinas.
Sgt. Lori Tumlin was one of the FAPD officers who helped escort the riders into Columbia, S.C. on Friday June 16th. Through Facebook, she shared her experience and love for the Brotherhood, sharing that, “I know our fallen would be so proud of you all!”
She reached out to Captain Pete Biviano of the Columbia Fire Department to ask what the ride meant to him. He shared the following:
Lori I’ve struggled all day to find the words to truly show why we do what we do. Why I ride with / act as a support member with my CBH family. It’s truly a blessing you have to feel and see to know.
This year we will be riding to honor 16 individual’s and 3 K9’s. As many friends and family know I train every year for this one week ride as my way of honoring our fallen heroes and sometimes friends. I could sign up for a race or just ride daily for fun but this group this family awards me way more and allows me to give way more than a simple weekend race. It’s a way for many of us like minded responders to spend a week helping families heal while healing a small portion of our own hearts.
This one week a year however is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true meaning and power behind the CBH. We are a family who whether we speak weekly or only on the ride are there for one another no matter the time of day or however far we may have to travel. We are a group who honors the fallen in the Carolinas and one that helps the families left behind no matter the need. We are group who can reach out to help injured first responders, those fighting cancer, cheer up a first responders child who may be battling an illness, or provide Christmas presents for a family in serious need… All without hesitation or limit. There are endless possibilities to how MY CBH family can help others without the want for credit or accolades. This ladies and gentleman is just a snap shot of why when it gets hot out and the miles get harder with every pedal stroke we keep riding.
There is no greater feeling than to honor our fallen and care for those in need! No greater feeling than seeing the look on the face of a mother, father, wife, husband, sister, brother, daughter, or son when they know after all they have suffered they are not alone. That their loved one is still alive in the hearts and minds of many.
And, in true representation of what Captain Biviano said, Talia Kugler, sister-in-law of Greg Alia, was there to welcome riders as they came into Columbia, sharing her love and appreciation for their efforts.
Ride on, heroes! Your efforts show us that the fallen are never forgotten.