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Cyclists stop in Lake City on ride honoring emergency responders

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Bicyclists participating in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Midwest Route stand by Wednesday June 29 in Lake City as the names of fallen emergency responders are read aloud. (photos by Michael Brun)2 / 3
Signs with the names and faces of honorees lined the sidewalk near the event.3 / 3

LAKE CITY, Minn. — A group of bicyclists stood solemnly Wednesday afternoon on the shore of Lake Pepin as the names of fallen emergency responders were read aloud — each time followed by the ringing of a bell.

The men and women were part of the midwest route of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, a five-day, 400-mile journey from the Chicago area to Woodbury, Minn. Along the way, participants made stops to honor EMS providers who died on and off the job.

The Lake City stop was attended by local police and ambulance service, and included a flyover by Mayo One helicopter.

“Whether you are a rider or one of the support team, the ride is an emotional experience that impacts both the participants and the families and agencies of those being honored,” Dave Page, the ride’s midwest coordinator, said in a news release. “There is a sense of pride in the EMS profession and the knowledge that regardless of the location of the service, we are all in it together.”

Riders and their support teams carried dogtags inscribed with the names of honorees, which were presented to family members and agencies.

For more information on the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride and the Fallen Angel Fund to support family members of EMS personnel, visit

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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