GEORGETOWN, Ky. (FOX 56) – First responders from across the commonwealth, and the nation, headed out Thursday morning on a 400 mile bike ride.
The Kentucky Brotherhood Ride aims to remember first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The four-day journey started at the Georgetown Fire Department with the unveiling of Jacobs Drive, in honor of former Battalion Chief Johnnie Jacobs.
Jacobs died in January 2020 after a long battle with lung disease. A disease believed to have begun from breathing in smoke and chemicals while protecting his community.
He left behind his wife and children, who were in attendance at the ceremony.
For the Kentucky Brotherhood Riders, inspiration comes from heroes like Johnnie, as they push through one mile at a time.
“We may suffer a bit but the ultimate price of losing your family and families who’ve lost their loved ones, that pain will never go away,” rider Brent Billings said.
- October 2018: Georgetown firefighter battling lung disease finds donor
- July 2019: Benefit concert held in honor of retired Georgetown firefighter battling lung disease
- January 2020: Georgetown firefighter dies one year after double lung transplant
- February 2020: Community basketball tournament helps family of Georgetown firefighter
All the bike riders are wearing the same jersey, with a list of names on the back of first responders in Kentucky who’ve lost their lives. A reminder of the true meaning of the ride.