Cyclists honor those killed in line of duty

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — Dozens of first responders are cycling across the Carolinas to remember those killed in the line of duty, including two local firefighters.

The Brotherhood Ride passed through Catawba County on Thursday.

They were on the road for four days and made a stop at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue Station.

They are honoring those lost in 2016, including 13 firefighters and four law enforcement officers.

Pineville firefighter Richard Sheltra died fighting a fire at a golf store in Pineville that year.

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Bradley Long died when his air tank ran out while diving for a rescue operation on Lake Norman.

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“You keep your mindset and focused on what you are riding for,” firefighter Dan Pigage said. “I’m definitely realizing what it’s all about.”

The group is made up of firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel from the Carolinas.

They cycle to provide emotional and financial support for the families left behind.

They'll be pedaling nearly 600 miles that began in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.

The ride ends Saturday afternoon in Pineville.

For more information on the Brotherhood Ride, click here.

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