Firefighters biking from Seattle to Los Angeles make a stop in Eugene

Firefighters biking from Seattle to Los Angeles make a stop in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. - Eleven firefighters peddled into Eugene on Tuesday as a part of the 25-day bicycle ride from Seattle to Los Angeles.

The ride is to bring awareness and raise money for the Gary Sinise Foundation's Program R.I.S.E, or Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment, a program that builds specially adapted smart homes for disabled veterans and their families.

The ride on Tuesday was a little bit wet, but riders say it is well worth it.

"One thing about this program that makes it really easy - like rain, sleet, snow, it doesn't matter, you know," said Rich Smith, a firefighter in Bellevue, Washington. "We all have the ability to give back, and a lot of our veterans are in a really tough spot and they're not able to do that, so we want to give and support them."

The riders stop each night along the way at a predetermined fire station. Representatives from Eugene/Springfield Fire and Rescue say that they jumped at the opportunity to help their fellow firefighters, and the crew at station 2 cooked a dinner for the riders.

The ride started on October 6, and this is the first year that the ride has taken place. They intend to continue the tradition in the future, perhaps every other year.

Anyone interested in joining the ride or making a donation can contact organizers, or visit

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