The Carolina Brotherhood Ride has embarked on their fourth annual bicycle ride through the Carolina’s in support of fallen police officers and firefighters in North and South Carolina.
The 600 mile ride will culminate with a final stop in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 8th. Riders will enter the City of Charleston via S. Highway 17 over the Ravenal Bridge at approximately 3:45 PM. The ride will continue to Brittlebank Park with an expected arrival of 4:30 PM.
A ceremony will honor fallen Charleston County Sherriff’s Deputy Joe Matuskovich and Summerville Police Officer Robert Blajszczak at the Charleston Police Memorial located at Brittlebank Park.
The 2015 Carolina Brotherhood Ride will be recognized prior to the start of the Charleston Riverdogs game at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park at 5:30 PM.
The Carolina Brotherhood’s mission is to support, both financial and emotional, for the families of police officers, firefighters and first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2014.
The 2015 ride began on August 3rd in Burlington, North Carolina and has included stops in Marion, North Carolina, Monroe, North Carolina, Manning, South Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Riders stay overnight in fire departments and community centers. The line-of-duty deaths being recognized by this year’s ride include the following men and a K-9:
· Deputy Joseph Matuskovic of the Charleston County Sherriff’s Office
· Officer Robert Blajszczak of the Summerville Police Department
· Firefighter Thomas Lee of the Four Oaks Fire Department
· Chief Ricky Doub of the Forbush Volunteer Fire Department
· Sergeant Jeffery Greene of the Union County Sherriff’s Office
· Officer Alexander Thalmann of the New Bern Police Department
· Officer Jason Crisp of the U.S. Forestry Service
· Lieutenant John Burns of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department
· Investigator Holmes Smith of the Clarendon County Sherriff’s Office
· Firefighter Kellen Fleming of the Westview-Fairforest Fire Department
You can follow this year’s ride on social media by following on Twitter: @CarolinaBhood or using the hashtag #CBH15. You can track the ride’s progress and find out more about