(Cleveland) - The 9th Annual Firefighters Memorial Ride was held Sunday morning outside FirstEnergy Stadium in downtown Cleveland.
Over one thousand bikers began lining up along Alfred Lerner Way at 8:30am, with rider moving out after a brief 10:30am ceremony.
Monica Robins, WKYC-TV Senior Health Correspondent, was the Master of Ceremonies and opened the Ceremony with the singing of the National Anthem. Also particiapting was the Cleveland Firefighter Honor Guard, and the Cleveland firefighters Pipes and Drums.
Scholarships were presented to ten students whose family member is a Firefighter/EMS within the six county area.
Organizer John Kikol conducts the ride each year to pay respect to firefighters who have given all protecting their communities, and to raise scholarship money for the families of fallen firefighters.
Kikol says, 82 firefighters were lost across the United States last year, half of them were volunteers.
Honored were the families of local firefighters who lost their lives, Edward Bernosky of Adena, Rocky Dunkin of Nile Township, Mike Burgan of Sugarcreek, who passed away in 2012.
John Murphy of Cleveland, and James Hinkel of Cleveland, answered their last call in 2013.
Bikers were escorted from Cleveland to Century Harley Davidson in Medina, for post ride food and entertainment.
(Photos by WTAM's Ken Robinson)