Riding to honor the 19 fallen firefighters

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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azfamily.com

Posted on August 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 11 at 7:33 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- A rolling thunder to remember and honor 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

“We want to see that the kids are taken care of, the families are taken care of,” said Robert Schmidt, who helped organize the ride along with those from Chester’s Harley Davidson in Mesa.

The memorial ride from Mesa to Prescott is to raise money for the families.

They're also holding a special 50-50 raffle to help send the kids of these fallen heroes to a camp retreat.

“It's people helping people, you're seeing bikes lined up all over here, we're going to have about 300 people doing this for the families to show support and Arizona cares,” said Schmidt.

This all comes during two heated issues, the recent rejection by the Obama administration for federal aid to help the residents of Yarnell get back on their feet and firefighter benefits by the city of Prescott to the families of those seasonal firefighters killed in the fire.

The men and women, on their steel horses, are riding into Prescott to let those families know, they still care about them.

“I think the bikers just have a tradition when something like this happens, they get together which is a good thing and it doesn't matter what it is, they step up and when it's time to step up the bikers step up,” said rider Bob Shine.

All the money raised will go to the 100 Club that helps the families of both fallen firefighters and law enforcement.

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