The third annual Firefighters Memorial Ride stopped in Kingston yesterday in the middle of a three-day cycling ride from Hamilton to the National Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa.
Led by the Toronto Professional Firefighter Celtic Society, over 50 firefighters take part in the trek, which covers 575 km, regardless of weather conditions. Firefighters from Hamilton, Mississauga, Whitby, Kingston, Ottawa, and Stephenville, NFLD take part in the ride.
The ride takes place annually to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which hosts the annual National Firefighters Memorial to honour and remember those firefighters whose lives were lost in the line of duty, as well as to support the families of fallen firefighters. The Memorial will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at the Canadian Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa. There, 90 names will be etched into the Memorial Wall this year, joining the 1,600 already present marking fallen firefighters from across Canada, dating back to the late 1800s.
On Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, the ride arrived in Kingston, where the cycling firefighters were greeted by their colleagues here in the Limestone City. A $500 cheque was presented to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation by the Kingston Professional Firefighters Association, and the ride reached its official fundraising goal of $15,000.
The ride is arriving in Ottawa today ahead of the memorial service on Sunday.