Brotherhood ride honors fallen firefighters

Source: Candy Morse
Source: Candy Morse

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A group or bicyclists are riding in memory of 19 heroes who lost their lives battling fires in 2013.

Somewhere between South Louisiana and North Texas, the cyclists are on the move. Every member of the team is part of a unique brotherhood.

"Most of us are from Florida and some are from South Carolina, Texas," Jeff Morse said.

They are all first responders cycling 750 miles in honor of 19 fallen firemen who lost their lives while on duty.

Baton Rouge Police Sergeant Craig Russell has joined their nine-day journey from Plaquemine, LA to Dallas and South to Houston. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

"We've had people pull up alongside, wave, blowing their horns, stepping out of houses, and businesses," Sgt. Russell said.

Their ride will no doubt present some challenges-- the heat, the hills -- as they hustle to the finish. The road ahead is rough, but the founder of the Brotherhood Ride, Jeff Morse, said the real challenge is not under their feet.

"It's actually more emotional than physical. You're going to feel physical pain, but at the end you're pretty wiped out. You get to see the families. It's pretty draining, but it's a good feeling too.

Tim Dunn, who leads the newly-formed Texas chapter, said it's a feeling he can't explain. He says it's so rewarding most riders are sad to see the finish line.

"When we ride in and see the effects on the coworkers and families we are doing it for I think that's what drives people to do it," Dunn said.

Their legs are carrying the memories of heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The riders are spending the night in Eunice, LA before continuing on to Jasper, TX on Friday.

You can follow their journey at

Copyright 2014 WAFB. All rights reserved.