When retired Worcester firefighter Paul Brosnihan helped organize the first Ride for Heroes in 1999, he didn’t imagine they would still be riding in 2014. “It was originally designed to support the families of the fallen Worcester Firefighters” he said, referring to the December 3, 1999 Worcester Cold Storage tragedy.
The first four years, the event was based at Sh’Booms, then located in downtown Worcester. As talk turned to ending the ride once the mission of supporting the Worcester Firefighters Memorial Fund had been fulfilled, Brosnihan decided it was worth keeping the Ride alive.
In 2003, the Ride for Heroes found a new home and a renewed mission. “I owned Halligans at the time, so I moved here and continued the event ever since” said Brosnihan. Since that time, Ride for Heroes has raised money that has gone to benefit the Worcester Firefighters Memorial Fund, the Special Olympics, and dozens of other charities.
This years’ ride will be the 16th. It will be held on September 21, with registration from 9am to 11am at Halligan’s Sports Bar and More, 889 Southbridge St., Auburn. The event cost $20 per rider, $15 per passenger, which includes a buffet and entertainment. For more information, call 508-832-6793.