EMS Memorial Bike Ride Makes Stop in Sussex - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

EMS Memorial Bike Ride Makes Stop in Sussex

Posted: Updated:
Riders head into Lewes Fire Dept. (Photo: WBOC) Riders head into Lewes Fire Dept. (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del.- One hundred bicyclists stopped for breakfast at the Lewes Fire Department before continuing their seven day National EMS Memorial Bike Ride down the northeast coast.

The ride started in Boston, brought riders through New York, Connecticut, northern Delaware and then Sussex County.

Barry Hoke is a Sussex County paramedic as well as a member of the ride's support team.

"I got involved because in 2008, Sussex County lost a paramedic in an ambulance crash out on Route 24, Stephanie Calloway," he said. "And we've been a part of this ride ever since."

Honoring those like Calloway is the whole point, the goal of the ride is to remember EMS workers who died in the line of duty. This leg of the tour specifically honors 90. There are other rides across the country.

Allen Barnes has been a paramedic for 25 years and is now the professional standards division manager for Sussex County. He has been participating in the ride since 2009.

"I think people don't realize the dangers at all of EMS," he said. "They think about danger for firefighters, they think about danger for police officers but sometimes they forget that EMS workers face the same dangers."

Many of the riders are current and former EMS workers, including first responders, nurses and more, and several are from Delmarva. Friends and family also are taking part.

About 25 riders started in Canada for the Capital to Capital ride as a larger effort to raise awareness of mental issues related to emergency work like PTSD.

"Folks sometimes say to us, well that's your job, you got into this line of work to help people at their worst times, however, we're human beings too," Norm Robillard, a paramedic from Ottawa said. "We have emotions too and keeping this stuff bottled up inside isn't healthy and the ride actually is about breaking down the stigma."

Ken Martin, a paramedic from New York state, said he thinks the awareness is getting out.

"The support, the contacts we've made, the conversations we've had, from start to finish has just been way beyond any expectation we had," he said.

After leaving southern Delaware, the next stop is Annapolis before completing the tour in Arlington, Va.
 

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Fatal Crash on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach

    Fatal Crash on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach

    10/21/2017 21:09:00 -04:002017-10-22 01:09:00 GMT
    Saturday, October 21 2017 9:09 PM EDT2017-10-22 01:09:36 GMT
    Dewey Beach, DE- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is working with the Dewey Beach Police Department with an investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Coastal Highway in the area of Salisbury and New Orleans St.Traffic inMore
    Dewey Beach, DE- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is working with the Dewey Beach Police Department with an investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Coastal Highway in the area of Salisbury and New Orleans St.Traffic inMore
  • Autumn Wine Festival in Salisbury

    Autumn Wine Festival in Salisbury

    10/21/2017 19:33:00 -04:002017-10-21 23:33:00 GMT
    Saturday, October 21 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-10-21 23:33:57 GMT
    This weekend is the 15th annual Autumn Wine Festival. Thousands of people across the state came to Salisbury for the festival.More
    This weekend is the 15th annual Autumn Wine Festival. Thousands of people across the state came to Salisbury for the festival.More
  • Traumatic Car Crash Reported in Rehoboth Beach

    Traumatic Car Crash Reported in Rehoboth Beach

    10/21/2017 18:22:00 -04:002017-10-21 22:22:00 GMT
    Saturday, October 21 2017 6:23 PM EDT2017-10-21 22:23:02 GMT
    A traumatic and possibly deadly car crash was reported at around 6 p.m in Sussex CountyMore
    A traumatic and possibly deadly car crash was reported at around 6 p.m in Sussex CountyMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fatal Crash on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach

    Fatal Crash on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach

    10/21/2017 21:09:00 -04:002017-10-22 01:09:00 GMT
    Saturday, October 21 2017 9:09 PM EDT2017-10-22 01:09:36 GMT
    Dewey Beach, DE- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is working with the Dewey Beach Police Department with an investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Coastal Highway in the area of Salisbury and New Orleans St.Traffic inMore
    Dewey Beach, DE- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is working with the Dewey Beach Police Department with an investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Coastal Highway in the area of Salisbury and New Orleans St.Traffic inMore
  • Traumatic Car Crash Reported in Rehoboth Beach

    Traumatic Car Crash Reported in Rehoboth Beach

    10/21/2017 18:22:00 -04:002017-10-21 22:22:00 GMT
    Saturday, October 21 2017 6:23 PM EDT2017-10-21 22:23:02 GMT
    A traumatic and possibly deadly car crash was reported at around 6 p.m in Sussex CountyMore
    A traumatic and possibly deadly car crash was reported at around 6 p.m in Sussex CountyMore
  • Police Investigating Shooting in Snow Hill

    Police Investigating Shooting in Snow Hill

    10/21/2017 00:00:00 -04:002017-10-21 04:00:00 GMT
    Saturday, October 21 2017 12:00 AM EDT2017-10-21 04:00:29 GMT
    A Snow Hill man is in critical condition after a shooting tonight.More
    A Snow Hill man is in critical condition after a shooting tonight.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Fatal Crash on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach

    Fatal Crash on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach

    The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is working with the Dewey Beach Police Department with an investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Coastal Highway in the area of Salisbury and New Orleans St. Saturday night.

    More

    The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is working with the Dewey Beach Police Department with an investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Coastal Highway in the area of Salisbury and New Orleans St. Saturday night.

    More
  • Police Arrest A Baltimore Man for Unsolved Murder of UMES Student

    Police Arrest A Baltimore Man for Unsolved Murder of UMES Student

    Maryland State Police arrested 25-year-old Davonta M. Braxton, of Baltimore, Md.

    Officers say Braxton is charged in connection to the murder of 21-year-old Edmond St. Clair, who was a student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Braxton has been a student at the university, but is not currently enrolled, according to school records.

    More

    Maryland State Police arrested 25-year-old Davonta M. Braxton, of Baltimore, Md.

    Officers say Braxton is charged in connection to the murder of 21-year-old Edmond St. Clair, who was a student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Braxton has been a student at the university, but is not currently enrolled, according to school records.

    More
  • Police Investigating Shooting in Snow Hill

    Police Investigating Shooting in Snow Hill

    A Snow Hill man is in critical condition after a shooting Friday night. The Snow Hill Police Department responded to a shooting, or shots fired, call at around 7 p.m. at the intersection of W. Federal Street and Ross Street in Snow Hill. Police said they found Deron Raymont Ames, 25, of Snow Hill, laying along the edge of the roadway near the curb. Police said Ames was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

    More

    A Snow Hill man is in critical condition after a shooting Friday night. The Snow Hill Police Department responded to a shooting, or shots fired, call at around 7 p.m. at the intersection of W. Federal Street and Ross Street in Snow Hill. Police said they found Deron Raymont Ames, 25, of Snow Hill, laying along the edge of the roadway near the curb. Police said Ames was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices