GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Members of Baton Rouge area Emergency Medical Systems groups will take part in an event designed to honor first responders around the world.
Saturday, September 26 marks the 8th anniversary of the Louisiana EMS Memorial Bike Ride.
Participants wear dog tags with names of fallen EMS members in order to pay tribute to their lives.
"It lets people get an understanding that we in EMS put ourselves in danger as well," said EBR Parish Paramedic George Steffensen. "It's surprising to find out how many people or workers get injured or killed in the line of duty in EMS."
Steffensen has participated in the ride from the beginning, and he is riding to honor many, including a fallen captain who died this year from cancer. The ride begins in New Orleans, and goes for 60 miles, ending in Gonzales.
The organization also raises funds to help the families of fallen EMS members. Donations can be made at the bike ride's website at http://www.laemsmemorial.org/index.htm.
Donation checks can also be sent to:
Louisiana EMS Memorial Society
72429 St. Landry Street
Covington, LA 70435.