National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Honors Fallen Professionals
Posted: May 17, 2018 7:55 PM
By Nicole Edenedo
(LEWES, Del.) - Emergency medical service professionals on a six day bike memorial ride made a pit stop in Sussex County Thursday morning.
The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride is an annual event to promote awareness about the daily dangers ems professionals face.
President of the organization Brian Shaw said the ride is in its 18th year.
"We honor the lives of EMS professionals, EMTs, first responders, that have lost their life, either in the line of duty or due to some other cause. It means the world to us what we do," said Shaw.
Many of the cyclists have ties to the community, be it a loved one who passed away or one who is currently serving.
"I'm honoring my husband who passed away on April 28, 2017," said Melissa Limmer-Riola, whose husband was a flight nurse. "And his partner Misty Nicholson and Robin Shaw. My husband's name is Scott Riola and so I'm riding in his honor and Misty's honor and Robin's honor."
This year's event hits close to home for Sussex County.
The family of Lewes firefighter Tim McClanahan attended today's service nearly two years after his death in a training accident. McClanahan's mother received specially made dog tags in his honor.
For one 14-year old Millsboro native Sloan Hoban, his first ride is one he'll always remember.
"My parents have been doing it for years. There are people here that my parents knew and that I knew so it means a lot to be involved in the paramedic and EMY first responders community and be on this bike ride," said Hoban, whose parents are also EMS professionals.
The team started in Boston and is expected to arrive in Washington D.C. this weekend to honor the 36 lives lost last year.
"They're the angels that are watching over us and getting us into Lewes safe and they're going to get us to our final destination safe."