Monroe County Fire Rescue Firefighter Jake Werner will honor Monroe County Fire Rescue’s fallen brother Herve Thomas in the 2022 Brotherhood Ride on Jan. 21, 2023 (the event was rescheduled due to Hurricane Ian). The Brotherhood Ride consists of firefighters, police officers, and EMS personnel who ride bicycles to honor emergency first responders who have died in the line of duty. Thomas passed away while on duty in May 2021. The mission of the organization is to provide emotional and financial support to the families of fallen heroes. The 2022 ride is dedicated to Florida’s 85 fallen heroes who died in the line of duty in 2021. Werner and others on the team will pedal for eight days from Fort Myers to Jacksonville, covering 550 miles averaging 70-100 miles daily.
“We are proud of Firefighter Werner’s efforts to honor our fallen brother Herve Thomas,” said Monroe County Fire Chief Steve Hudson. “We wish him a safe and successful ride.”
Werner, of Key Largo, knew Thomas and worked with him for more than 10 years and wanted to do this to honor his memory. He has been riding his bike daily, averaging 20-25 miles per day to prep for January.
To learn more about the Brotherhood Ride, a nonprofit organization, or to contribute to Werner’s fundraising efforts, visit www.brotherhoodride.com.
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