Cycling through six states in six days, The Brotherhood Ride, an organization that consists of firefighters, law enforcement officers and EMS personnel who ride bicycles to honor emergency first responders who have died in the line of duty, will be embarking on a 500 mile ride from Emmitsburg, Maryland to Boston Massachusetts, to honor 27 fallen heroes.

On September 12, the team of 35 riders and 18 support members will be coming right through both Pennington and Hopewell to arrive at The Princeton Elks Lodge, their stop for the night.

The Princeton Elks, on Route 518 in Skillman, NJ, will be gathering with anyone interested in welcoming the cyclists and thank them for their tireless efforts to bring awareness and recognition to fallen heroes across the country. The general public is welcome to come to not only to the lodge to welcome the cyclists, but also to line the streets to cheer them on their way through our communities.

Through year-round fundraising efforts, the Brotherhood Ride has been able to honor, over the past seven years, the Brotherhood Ride has honored the memory and sacrifice of a total of 468 emergency first responders including firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel, and has traveled on bicycles over a total of 5,700 miles through sixteen states and have been hosted and sister by over fort Elks Lodges nationwide. The organization’s mission is to provide emotional and financial support to the families on or near the anniversary of their death.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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