First responders honor fallen colleagues and families by biking 450 miles

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A group of first responders will gather to travel 450 miles on their bikes as part of the Gulf Coast Brotherhood Ride, which is intended to honor fallen colleagues from the previous year.

This year, the ride begins in Eunice, LA and will travel through Lafayette and Zachary before ending in Orange Beach, AL. 

Riders will travel by police escort averaging 75 to 100 miles a day and a pace between 17 and 20 miles per hour. 

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided through donations and support from communities. At night, lodging is provided in a school gym, church hall or community center.  All riders wear cycling jerseys with the names of the fallen on their backs. 
 
Each rider is required to raise $500 in donations and buy their jersey.  All monies raised by the riders is then divided amongst the families of the fallen at the end of the ride. The cost of the ride will covered by in-kind donations and sponsorships.  
 
This year’s ride is May 20-24.

“Our route will be Hwy 190 to Scenic to 72nd to Howell Place to Harding to Plank to Groom to Hwy 19 to Main St.,” said Zachary Police Chief David McDavid. 

Those being honored include:

Agent Cadet Immanuel Washington, Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries,

Officer Michael Paul Middlebrook, Lafayette Police Department, Louisiana, 

Deputy Chief Russell Achord, West Feliciana Fire Department, Louisiana,

Reserve Officer Chris Lawton, Zachary Police Department, Louisiana,

Trooper Steven Vincent, Louisiana State Police,

Officer Natasha Hunter, New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana,

Officer Marcus McNeil, New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Deputy David Michel Jr., Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana

Agent Josie Wells, United States Marshalls Office, Southern District, Mississippi,

Officer Justin Billa, Mobile Police Department, Alabama,

Sergeant Charles Mitchum, Loxley Police Department, Alabama,

Officer Michael Stockwell, Orange Beach Police Department, Alabama. 
 
The ride utilizes a support crew of about 12 people for the 40 plus riders.

If you have questions or want to be part of this ride, please email gulfcoastbrotherhoodride@gmail.com  or check out our Facebook page. 

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