REE RIDE NO REGISTRATION
ALL RIDERS WELCOMED, FIREFIGHTERS OR NOT; COME JOIN US THIS YEAR TO SHOW SUPPORT TO THE FAMILIES OF THESE FALLEN HEROES.
NORTH CAROLINA FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS RED HELMET RIDE
Last year’s goal was a break 100 motorcycles in the processional, and with your help we did it with 116!!!! This year’s goal is 150, are you going to help us this year by being 1 of the 150?…
For those of you not familiar with this ride, each year North Carolina recognizes the loss of Firefighters in downtown Raleigh at the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial. This is done to commemorate these heroes and their families, we have organized this ride here in the area to show support in numbers to the families who will be standing watching as the parade of pipes and drum bands, fire trucks, and honor guards come through the parade route. The NCFFF Red Helmet Ride starts out at Holly Springs Fire Dept. (700 Flint Point Lane, Holly Springs NC 27540) and rides in formation to the parade route to finish out the parade. I can tell you first hand by witnessing this same function on the National level at Emmitburg, MD the location of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the National Fallen Firefighters Red Helmet Ride, what this means to the families and especially to the children of our fallen heroes. After the ride, there is a commemoration ceremony held there at the memorial and a helmet is placed in remembrance of this year’s inductees.
In the words of a brother, “It would be nice if YOU would put one Saturday aside and come help us support these families of fallen brothers and sisters who gave it all. I Challenge you to show up and show your support.
Same as last year for those of you that are coming from out of town and would like to travel on
Friday to be here for the ride early Saturday morning we have reserved rooms at a local Hotel in Apex. That information is as follows:
Woodspring Suites (same hotel as last year just a different name) at 901 Lufkin Road, Apex North Carolina 27539; you will need to call Charlene and/or Christopher at 919-387-4636 to reserve your rooms at the discounted rates. Again there are only 20 rooms currently reserved at this rate so go ahead and reserve yours today!!!
This year’s schedule of events will be as follows:
May 5th, Candle Light Vigil – 2017 NCFFF Candle Light Vigil will be held at the memorial for the families of the fallen. We have in years past had several bikes to attend and would like to see MORE this year. If you come in town on Friday, or live local, help us out and attend this event as well. We will meet at the hotel listed above around 6 and/or will be arriving at the memorial site around 6:30. After the candle light vigil, we will have a place to meet, greet and eat, close by the hotel.
May 6th, NCFFF Red Helmet Ride – At the starting location, Holly Springs Station 1, Chief Smith of the HSFD has agreed to feed breakfast to all participates there at the station prior to the ride, breakfast will begin at 0700 as well as ride formation, a ride briefing at 0830, formation at 0845, and KSU (Kick Stands Up) promptly at 0900.
For further ride info and/or questions contact Paul Tidwell at 919-418-4530
Please spread the word to all prior year survivor families:
Dear Fire Service Survivor families,
We hope that you are doing well and that 2017 will be a year of new opportunities, friendships, prosperity, health, and continued healing.
Part of our mission as the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation is to ensure that our NC Fallen Firefighters and their families are not forgotten. It is important that we are supporting you and your family as you make your journey after losing your own Hero. We have heard your requests for the connection with the Fire Service family and, more importantly, with those who have made that same journey.
It is in that spirit of caring for each other that we are happy to invite you and your family for our first annual Fire Service Survivor Dinners. We hope that you will come and join other Survivor families in a time of fun, fellowship and remembrance.
We have scheduled 2 dinners to accommodate schedules and to limit travel time as much as possible. You may choose which of the dinners works best for you.
Saturday, February 18th from 5:00-7:00PM
Middlesex Fire Department
12535 West Hanes Avenue
Middlesex, NC 27557
Saturday, February 25th from 5:00-7:00PM
Mountain View Fire Department
3571 NC Highway 127 South
Hickory, NC 28602
We hope that you will join us and look forward to seeing you. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Guyer-Martin at (336) 427- 3849 or via e-mail at Kathy.Guyer-Martin@hanes.com. Please RSVP to Kathy Weatherspoon at (919) 697-5350 or via e-mail at Kathy.Weatherspoon@gmail.com no later than Tuesday, February 13, 2017.
The Board of Directors
NC Fallen Firefighters Foundation
We have been notified of a firefighter death, Lt. Donald (Reid) Key, II, of Whispering Pines Fire Rescue Department. Please keep family and department in your prayers. We will post further information as it becomes available.
Lennie Jackson Terry
Lennie Jackson Terry, 64, of 337 Tatum Road died Sunday, December 11, 2016. He was born in Person County to the late Charlie and Alma Rogers Terry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry Terry and Lambert Terry; and one sister, Nancy Gravitte. Mr. Terry worked for Dill Air Controls for 38 years. He was a founding member of Triple Springs Volunteer Fire Department and was currently serving as Assistant Chief. Lennie was known for loving his community, friends, and most importantly his family. He would give you the shirt off his back with a smile.
Surviving are his wife, Tanya Terry, of the home; four children, Jason Terry (Amanda), Nicole Holder, Chasity Terry (Scott Neathery), and Savanah Terry, all of Roxboro; one brother, Zeb Terry (Becky), of Cedar Bluff, MS; four sisters, Libby Odell, Linda Davis (Roy), Martha Long, all of Hurdle Mills, and Ann Dickerson, of Richmond, VA; four grandchildren, AubreyAnn Carr, Lori Harris, Gabriel Neathery, and Avaree Terry; and his mother-in-law, Barbara Humphries.
Funeral services will be held 12:00 PM Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Olive Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Norman Talley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 10:30 AM-12:00 PM prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be the members of Triple Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Triple Springs Volunteer Fire Department, 185 Olive Branch Road, Roxboro, NC 27574.
Bells Will Ring at John Knox Presbyterian Church on October 9, 2016 for the 6th Annual Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters
National remembrance honors those who died in the line of duty
John Knox Presbyterian Church cordially invites your department and family members to participate with us during our regular worship service on October 9, 2016 at 10:30 am as we have a time of remembrance for those firefighters lost in North Carolina and across the country. If your department has had an LODD and would like for us to honor and remember them please email his or her name and we will include them in the service.
For the fifth year, the entire country is invited to come together as one community to honor the memory of those firefighters who died in the line of duty and reassure their loved ones that their firefighter will not be forgotten by participating in the Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters.
John Knox Presbyterian Church (for the fourth year) will join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and other organizations from coast to coast in this poignant tribute as part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend held in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Our moment of remembrance will occur on October 9, 2016, at 10:30 AM, 610 Charles Rd, Shelby, NC.
“The ringing of bells has a powerful meaning to firefighters. Not only do bells signal the beginning or end of a call, they also were used to notify department members that one of their own had died while serving the community,” explained Chief Ronald Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “At the beginning of the Memorial Service on Sunday, October 4th, the bells at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel in Emmitsburg will ring to honor the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2015.
Hundreds of fire departments, places of worship and other groups participated in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters over the past five years. Please join us as we remember and honor our firefighters on October 9, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
We at John Knox appreciate your service to the community and look forward to your participation.
Pastor Deborah Lesenger
Each year the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters has held a booth at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. It is used as for community awareness, firemen contact and distribute NCFFF merchandise. Volunteer help is a blessing to help supplement manning the booth. We need Your Help! Please consider volunteering some of your time. It’s easy, all you do it log in with your email address and select from the open slots a timeframe that you can help.
A huge thanks to Scott Safety – Fire for their support and donation of proceeds from the Choice of the Brave 5K Walk-Run held on July 30. The Cooperate team for Scott will be matching the donation!