Sunday, May 25, 2008


Avon – Estimates put the count anywhere between 1200 to 1500 Motorcyles were in the 4th Annual Firefighter’s Memorial Ride.

The ride started Sunday morning at Cleveland Browns Stadium and the Firefighters memorial statue. Event Director John “Kiks” Kikol said that they went into this morning just shy of 1,000 bikes registered. Perhaps due to the perfect weather, several hundred more showing up this morning to join in.

The 47 mile ride took the bikers past at least 11 Fire Stations before ending at the new Avon Harley Davidson shop on Chester Road. Police Motorcycle Units from Cleveland to Avon escorted the event so there were no stops and all the bikes were able to stay together

Kiks said that money raised through this event is donated to the familes of Firefighters or Police Officers who were killed in the line of duty. “This is our way of showing respect to the families and honoring the heroes who have given their lives for you, for me and for our familes. Organizing an event like this is a tremendous amount of work, but the reason we do it – when we have the opportunity to assist a family of a fallen hero, it’s all worth it.”

Kiks said that this Wednesday he and the committee will sit down and begin work on the 2009 Ride.

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