LAKE PLACID — Brotherhood Ride participants arrived Aug. 3 in Lake Placid from Port St. Lucie.
The Lake Placid Elks Lodge welcomed the bicyclists, who were first-responders, firefighters, police officers, and emergency care and forestry officials.
Since 2007, the Brotherhood Ride honors nine members of the Charleston, South Carolina Fire Department who perished in the line of duty. The event has raised money and provided emotional and financial support to the families who lost their loves ones.
Elks USA are one of the sponsors, offering support and housing during their rides.
The Brotherhood Ride began Aug. 1 in Naples. The first leg went to Clewiston Elks Lodge, then traveled Aug. 2 Port St. Lucie. The third segment took them to Lake Placid Elks Lodge on Aug. 3, with the final destination being Port Charlotte.
Bicyclists arrived in Lake Placid to a welcoming parade of Florida Highway Patrol escorts , Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Placid police and fire departments, forestry, and fish and game patrols. Upon arrival, the Lake Placid Elks Lodge was open for food and housing. Showers were provided by Lake Placid High School, while Legacy Bicycles of Sebring donated at least three hours their time cleaning, tuning and servicing bikes. Dinner was served by lodge volunteers, including Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler.
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