Over 35 first-responders bike their way into the Dallas metroplex. These members of Texas Brotherhood Ride are three days into an eight-day hike covering 650 miles across Texas. Firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel are doing this to honor emergency responders who died in the line of duty. Their mission is to provide emotional and financial support to their families and coworkers.
Dallas PD Officer Scott Ash says, he rode for five of Dallas’ fallen in 2016 and three officers from Baton Rouge. Today, he’s riding for DPD officers, Rogelio Santander, Jr. who died April 25, 2018 and Earl James Givens, III on July 21, 2018. Ash says this ride is personal for him.
“Never forgetting these names,” said Ash who has been on the force nearly 15 years and works bicycle patrol. “I carry these 5 names with me. I’ll wear a special jersey that has those names on them and I’ll get to honor them one more time. That is what the Texas Brotherhood is all about. We never forget.”
The Texas Brotherhood Ride is a non-profit public charity organization. All riders must be first responders. All proceeds benefit the beneficiaries with the exception of the cost of conducting the rides.