MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County Fire Rescue Firefighter Jake Werner will honor Monroe County Fire Rescue’s fallen brother, Herve Thomas, in the 2023 Brotherhood Ride on Oct. 27, 2023. 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 organization’s mission is to provide emotional and financial support to the families of fallen heroes. The 2023 ride is dedicated to Florida’s 27 fallen heroes who died in the line of duty in 2022. Werner and others on the team will pedal nine days from Naples to Miami, covering 600 miles, averaging 70-90 miles daily. Werner also rode in the 2022 ride in honor of Thomas.
“Firefighter Werner continues to represent Monroe County Fire Rescue in this ride to remember our fallen heroes across the state and our fallen brother Herve Thomas,” said Monroe County Deputy Fire Chief RL Colina. “We thank Jake for his willingness to participate and represent the Florida Keys in this annual event.”
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 daily to prepare.
To learn more about the Brotherhood Ride, a nonprofit organization, or to contribute to Werner’s fundraising efforts, visit www.brotherhoodride.co
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