Jeff Moore had an idea and is making it a reality.
Moore has been a firefighter and paramedic at the Madison Fire Department in Wisconsin for the past four years. This summer he has taken it upon himself to raise money and awareness for fallen firefighters by biking an estimated 4,400 miles across the country.
"I left San Francisco on July 10th and I’m making my way east," said Moore. "I’m going to stay in Zanesville tonight, but my goal is to get to the World Trade Center in New York City in time for the anniversary of 9/11"
Moore stays at a different fire station across the country each evening for a hot meal, shower and place to sleep. He stayed at the Zanesville Fire Department Monday night. Lieutenant Doug Hobson and his family met Moore at the West Pike McDonald’s around 3:30 Monday afternoon to ride with him on the final stretch to the fire house. We asked Hobson why he felt compelled to support Moore along his journey.
"Well, I mean, we need to support him. He’s a fellow firefighter and he’s trying to raise awareness for fallen firefighters. We all respect that dearly, the loss of a brother or sister is always tough. Somebody that takes the opportunity to ride all the way across the United States on a bicycle. We need to support that."
The idea for Moore’s trip came as an extension of his biking last summer, when he rode to every fire house in his county. Moore told us what he hopes to accomplish in his ride.
"When I started this trip, I thought of two goals that I wanted to accomplish. One was to respect, remember and honor all fallen firefighters. The second one being I wanted to promote a positive image for the American Fire Service."
If you would like to support Moore in his mission or donate to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, please go to his WordPress page, http://fireservicetributeride.wordpress.com/ or his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/fireservicetributeride .