As the nation remembers 9/11, we would like to share a story from our very own Safety Director, Ray Renneker, who is a retired Fire Captain.
“It was many years ago on July 31st 2002 when myself, two other Firefighters, and two Police Officers set on a journey I will never forget. Starting in Long Beach, we rode our bicycles and pedaled for thousands of miles to Ground Zero in New York.
It took 40 days and we rode for hours on end. The shortest ride was six hours long and the longest was fourteen hours. I could write a book about the cross country venture ride but the driving force behind every stroke of my sprocket was each victim and hero who died 16 years ago today.
Arriving in New York at Ground Zero on our last day (September 10th) was a surreal experience. As the press took pictures and interviewed our team of five, I started to sob like a child. Looking over the open pit of steel and concrete, you could feel the chaos and rumble still larking in the air. Let’s NEVER FORGET.”