OGDEN, Utah (News4utah) – The 15th Annual Fire Ride and memorial service for fallen firefighters took place from Sandy to Ogden on Saturday.
It was a good ride for a great cause and over 2,000 motorcycles traveled north from Sandy to Ogden, ending their ride at the America’s Fallen Firefighter Memorial on 25th Street and Washington Blvd.
The ride and memorial service was established as a way families, friends and fellow firefighters can recognize and honor those who have died in the line of duty.
This years event was extraordinarily special after the recent loss of Draper Fire Chief Matt Burchett who recently died fighting the California fires in August.
“It’s been a great turnout. Not only just the people who come out and ride but the fanfare along the route way,” said Ogden City Fire Captain Richard King. “We’ve had fire trucks with static displays, and people coming out of businesses and cars with their hands on their heart. Knowing this is a memorial type ride and honoring those as we pass by it was pretty touching.”
The service honored 94 fallen firefighters and featured a rendition of America the Beautiful, a prayer, the reading of the names of the fallen and the ringing of the bell.
The ride is a reminder to never forget those who have given so much in the service of others.