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The Carolina Brotherhood Ride comes through Lexington County this week

Lexington County, SC (Paul Kirby) The Carolina Brotherhood Ride, an annual cycling event made up of firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical personnel from the Carolinas (both North and South Carolina), will be making several stops in Lexington County this week. According to the organizers of this ride, they take this trip annually in the name of their fallen brothers and sisters from the Carolinas.

This year, they are pedaling 625 miles, from Smithfield, NC to Beaufort, SC. This is expected to take 6 days. It is the group's hope that they provide emotional and financial support for the families of those Carolina heroes who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The 2017 ride will honor the fallen brothers and sisters who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty in 2015. This year, the cyclists will ride for 19 public safety heroes (10 firefighters, 8 law enforcement and 1 EMS). As a special note, this year, 3 of the 19 that were lost are police canine officers who were killed in the line of duty. Each year, the ride builds awareness and appreciation of the ultimate sacrifice these extraordinary individuals have made, and seeks to honor their memory.

On Friday, June 16, 2017, the cyclists will ride the Anderson to Columbia, SC leg, a distance of 121 miles. During this portion of the ride, the cyclists will stop to rest and meet supporters at Due West, SC, Greenwood’s Fire Station 1, the Saluda FD, and the Batesburg-Leesville FD in Lexington County.

To learn more about the Carolina Brotherhood Ride, you can go to their website at www.carolinabrotherhood.com.

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