published: Friday, May 03, 2013
Sebring wildland firefighter rides for fallen heroes
Special to the News-Sun
SEBRING - The Florida Forest Service is proud to announce that Forest Area Supervisor (wildland firefighter) Tim Elder will participate in the 2013 Brotherhood (bicycle) Ride today. Elder rode this event last year for two fallen Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters, Josh Burch and Brett Fulton.
Elder trains for this event by bicycling year round throughout Highlands County. His favorite road to ride is County Road 17 near the Florida Forest Service Station in Highlands County.
Elder has improved his health and lifestyle through cycling and other activities that also keep in the physical condition required of his job.
His passion for health has lead to several triathlons, but his favorite event was last year's Brotherhood Ride.
"Last year, there was an outpouring of support by the communities and other agencies when as we rode through a county," Elder said. "We were escorted by supporting fire and law enforcement agencies at the state, county and local level. This is a positive way to show my support for our fallen and let their families know that they are not and never will be forgotten. I am proud to apart of this event"
The 2013 Ride will be dedicated to five police officers and one firefighter from Florida, one police officer from Virginia and one fire chief from Tennessee, who died in the line of duty in 2012.
They will honor them by riding through the state of Florida and onto Tennessee in nine days, covering more than 700 miles. The ride begins today in Brooksville and ends May 11 in Decaturville, Tenn.
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