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AFD, APD participate in 6th annual Carolina Brotherhood Ride

Seven Asheville firefighters and one police officer hit the road for the 6th annual Carolina Brotherhood Ride on Monday from Smithfield, N.C. (Photo credit: Bill Suthard)

Seven Asheville firefighters and one police officer are hitting the road this week on two wheels to honor those who died in the line of duty in 2015.

The Carolina Brotherhood Ride left Monday morning from Smithfield, N.C., which is south of Raleigh.

Rich Rauschenbach, Mike Webb, Chris Holroyd, Landon Davis, Jay Bettencourt, Mark Jameson and Ross Parkinson with Asheville Fire Department are riding this year. Ann Fowler with Asheville Police Department is also making the trip.

They'll travel through parts of the Upstate on Wednesday and Thursday. The ride will cover 625 miles by the time it ends next Sunday in Beaufort, S.C.

According to a release, this year the group is riding for 10 firefighters, eight law enforcement officers and one EMS worker. Three of those 19 who died are police K-9 officers who were killed in the line of duty.


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