Firefighter cyclists begin trek from Bay Area to New York

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Nearly 20 years ago, hundreds of firefighters heroically ran into burning towers in New York City while hundreds more ran away from them.

Thirteen former and active firefighters plan on visiting the hallowed Ground Zero site in Manhattan this September. However, in order to honor the memory of the 343 fallen medical personnel as well as many more civilians, they’re going to take the long way and go about 15 mph to get there.

Cyclists of bay2brooklyn gathered with the Vallejo fire and police departments on Sunday afternoon at the Vallejo Ferry Terminal at the beginning of a what will be a 36-day cross-country trip that will finish just before the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

The day began earlier in San Bruno and ended with the members staying overnight at Vallejo Fire House No. 27. In between, the cyclists were given a loud ovation on the waterfront as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” blared from the nearby speakers.

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