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photo: Mark Cooper

Participating in the ride and being a firefighter are just ways for me to repay Canada for all the opportunities and welcome I received upon my immigration. Love the ride, participants, and everyone involved! I really appreciate the opportunity to ride along you all!

I like to challenge myself and when the opportunity to be part of the team of CFFF Memorial Ride Cyclists arose, I just couldn't pass it up. The cause is noble, the camaraderie, the physical accomplishment, the adventure, the laughs and tears we share are reasons why I plan to take part in the ride every year. I have been a Volunteer Firefighter with Hamilton since 2011 and this year I am beginning a career as a Firefighter with Toronto Fire Services.

I look forward to the ride each year, it is an opportunity to create awareness, raise funds and pay tribute to our fallen members. By participating in the ride and attending the memorial ceremony, we are able to demonstrate our support for families of our fallen brothers. I value the relationships and connections I’ve made participating over the last three years, and there is little that compares to the feeling of joy and accomplishment on the last day as we ride into Ottawa

As the organizer of this ride I am extremely proud of what it has become. It is now the largest fundraiser for the CFFF. I thank every rider that has riden in the past and the riders that are riding this year. It is a huge commitment and is greatly appreciate by myself and the Foundation.

I attended one of the hospitality suites when I met Dave Cossitt and a handful of cyclists after their inaugural ride. After speaking to Dave and the others I decided that I wanted to be a part of it and bring HFD on board. The whole purpose of my visit to Ottawa that weekend was to honor and remember those that had made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to others. I thought Hamilton could contribute to this worthy cause and asked Dave if we could join the following year. HFD has been involved ever since. I've witnessed the ride grow to what it is today. Riding into Ottawa under police escort is very emotional. One, because you are exhausted after 500+ km on a bicycle and 2, when the monument comes into view you forget about everything other than why we ride. The memorial service is also very emotional because you are parading in front of families that have lost a loved one in a LODD. We are all brothers and sisters in the fire service and a loss of one is felt by all. I hope to continue to ride as long as I am able

I ride to honour our fallen brothers, sisters and their families.

I am riding because I believe this is an excellent opportunity to challenge myself while also contributing to a worthy cause. I have worked in some capacity in the fire service for nearly 10 years and have a great deal of respect for our professional community. I ride to honour those that have paid the ultimate price through their service. As an avid cyclist I am always looking to push my boundaries. I have completed endurance rides in the past but nothing to this extent. I look forward to the challenge and the opportunity to meet new individuals that share similar values.

I ride in memory of my friend and shift mate Anthony Vanderholst KFR 32 who died in the Line of Duty in February 2011. The Memorial Ride is a great way to raise money for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation to help remember all those who gave their lives in the service of their communities.

I am riding to help raise money for the families of our brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the people of the community’s they have served. My favourite part of the ride is all the new people I have met across this great country.

This is the first time I am participating in the ride, I’m excited for the challenges ahead and meeting great people along the way. I’m really happy to be apart of this event to celebrate the life, raise awareness, remember and honour all the firefighters who have died in the line of duty over the years.

I ride in remembrance of our brothers and sisters who we have lost in the line of duty. Thank you for your service. We will never forget you.

I’m riding in this year's Celtic Fire Memorial Ride to Ottawa, as this is a small way to honour those who have made the highest sacrifice, and to help their families as best I can. This will be my first long distance ride since riding coast-to-coast across Canada in 2000. Cycling is an enjoyable social way to keep fit and to see how beautiful our country is. What better way to do that than with other firefighters who are also supporting our cause. Each rider has a goal to raise a minimum of $500, though I’d like to be able to double that and with your support we can work together to reach that goal. If you’re wondering on who to support, try the old guy, the over 50 contingent! Tasks like this get more daunting each year. Every bit helps and please follow the link to donate what you can. I thank you in advance for any amount you’re able to contribute.

The ride really hits home when you lose your co-workers, friends, family away from home, to job related cancers and illnesses. With many moments of reflection while on the ride, memories of the people I have loved, admired, and lost, I am filled with immense pride when riding into Ottawa and seeing the memorial. Doing something positive for the families of the fallen, and showing my respect for those who have gone before me, makes the thousands of kilometers of training and dedication for the ride, well worth the effort.

I am a paid-on-call firefighter with over 6 years of service combined between Ottawa Rural and Beckwith Township. I am an avid cyclist and I am riding as this cause is extremely important to the firefighters and families that belong to this great profession. Every little bit of effort and support helps to strengthen this cause for those that we can help. As this is my first ride I look forward to the connections and the experiences along the way.

I started this ride not only to show support for the fallen firefighters and their family’s but as a personal challenge. Along the way we herd stories from family that lost there loved ones, witnessed the generous donations from many departments and companies along the way and had the opportunity to ride with and meet so many people, a few of which have turned into great friendships.

A chance to ride for a great cause with my brother firefighters. Each year this has been the much anticipated highlight and culmination of my cycling season. The camaraderie is awesome, the scenery fantastic and the outstanding support of the Departments we pause at is heartwarming. Looking forward to another great ride!

To draw attention and promote awareness to all the Fallen Fire Fighters Memorials, Municipal, Provincial and Federal.

I’m a volunteer firefighter in Hamilton, have been for 4+ years. To me the cycling and fire communities are some of the best out there. So welcoming and supportive so when told about the ride it was a no brainer. I have a background in distance running and triathlon.

It started as a challenge to myself to ride that many kilometres. Then I met the president of the CFFF, found out how important the funds are to them. Then a fellow FF and friend died of cancer. Changes your perspective.

This will be my 3rd year participating in the memorial bike ride to Ottawa. I am doing this to honor, support and remember all fallen Firefighters. I really look forward to the challenge and comradery that the ride offers.

Riding for this charity gives me a sense of purpose to support those who gave their lives and a sense of pride of being part of such a great group from all over the country. Every year it's an honor.

The sport of cycling was introduced to me by a close friend. Over the past couple of years participating in group rides has allowed me to meet a wide variety of people while keeping in shape. I chose to participate in the Memorial Ride to challenge myself at the same time riding with fellow firefighters who all share the same passion.

Once again this year I am lucky enough to join this incredible group of women and men on this journey as we cycle from Hamilton to the Canadian National Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Ottawa. We are cycling to raise funds and awareness for the Memorial. Please consider supporting if you are able.

I'm riding to Ottawa to help support the family’s of our fallen brothers and sisters whom have given their lives to protect others. I really enjoy riding my bicycle and the health and fitness benefits it brings, so this is a great way to challenge myself while having fun and supporting a great cause.

In 2017, one of my crew members spoke to me about a ride he was doing from Toronto to Ottawa over two days and asked if I was interested. I told him definitely, but I'll have to buy a bike first. I've enjoyed the annual event ever since, whether it was the great conversations, awesome scenery, the physical challenge or the satisfaction of finishing such a long ride.

I am riding to honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and to support their loved ones. My favourite part of the ride is the awesome banter and camaraderie that we share along the way.

My first ride was in 2018, that year my Platoon Chief and friend, Randy Tureski’s name was added to the wall. He passed away from job related cancer. The ride was difficult, but the enthusiasm and welcoming nature of the other riders, none of whom I knew prior to the ride, made it most enjoyable, I was hooked. In 2019 another of our members, CFPO Nick Webb’s name was added to the wall, as he too succumbed to job related cancer. Participating in the ride and attending the memorial, to support the families of those whose names are being added to the wall, is important to all of us who make the effort. Once again, this year another of our members, Retired Platoon Chief Robert Vessey’s name will be added to the wall and I will be riding in his memory, as well as all those who’s names will be added.

I'm riding in memory of our fallen Brothers and Sisters. My favourite part of the ride is the amazing scenery that we ride through. The ride is an amazing cause and an amazing way to see southern Ontario.

I'm riding to bring awareness to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our communities and save lives. To remember the fallen brothers and sisters who are no longer with us. To support their families and never forget the legacy they left behind.

I am riding to support my colleagues and the families of my colleagues. Although I do not have experience with this ride, I am an avid cyclist and have ridden lots. I look forward to meeting all of the riders, and doing what I can to support others on the ride.

After my first visit to the memorial it became quite apparent how important this was to both family and friends of those names etched in the wall. We will all know someone who will become a statistic from the profession they picked and love over our career. Helping support a cause that helps one of our own seems to be the least I can do. Being in attendance is a solemn experience that puts our commitment into perspective. I continue to promote attendance to all.

Riding in memory of my Father Marty Costoff who passed away from LODD in August of 2021. I am looking forward to raising money and awareness about FireFighter LODD.

I’m riding to honour the 4 brothers that my department will be putting on the wall this year, my favourite part of the ride I’m sure will be the stories and experiences from the other riders.

The ride really hits home when you lose your co-workers, friends, family away from home, to job related cancers and illnesses. With many moments of reflection while on the ride, memories of the people I have loved, admired, and lost, I am filled with immense pride when riding into Ottawa and seeing the memorial. Doing something positive for the families of the fallen, and showing my respect for those who have gone before me, makes the thousands of kilometers of training and dedication for the ride, well worth the effort.

I’m riding to raise awareness and funding for the CFFF. An organization that helps the families of firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. I like being apart of this group because they show what is possible when we come together, our strength in numbers. The fire service has been apart of my life for many years and I look forward to being able to participate in something that allows me to give back.

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