The Red Knights
Fallen Firefighters Memorial Tour


On Monday, October 16, 2000, the Crowne Royal Plaza in Worcester, Massachusetts held a reception to recognize the efforts of Ed and Steve during the Fallen Firefighters tribute. Present were over 60 Red Knights, our families and friends. Included were members of the Worcester Fire Department, other area Fire Departments, Blue Knights, and we were very honored to have family members of Worcester's lost firefighters as well. During the evening Ed and Steve presented the Worcester Firefighters IAFF Local 1009 with donations totalling $8,800 on behalf of all the Red Knights for the fund to build a memorial to our lost brothers.

Steve, Ed, and Bob present Mary O'Leary a thank you gift
for all her work and support during the 4-corners tour.

Steve and Ed present Ed Ryan of the Worcester FF's Local 1009
with a donation of $8800 from the Red Knights.

Trace our friends' journey around the U.S.


Page 1: July 13 to August 2 (Maine to Washington)

Page 2: August 3 to August 16 (Washington to Indiana)

Page 3: August 17 to August 22 (India
na -- RKMC Convention -- to home)

Two members of the Red Knights, Ed Brouillet (International Vice-president and President of Mass-2) and Steve Mickle (Massachusetts State Rep and Secretary for Mass-2) left Wells, Maine on July 16, 2000 on their twin Goldwings to begin the Four-Corners Tour.

For those of you who donít know what the Four-Corners Tour is, it is an event that requires a motorcyclist to ride to each corner of the country within 21 days. This includes Madawaska, Maine, Key West, Florida, San Ysidro, California, and Blaine, Washington. From Washington State they will be concluding the trip by attending the International Convention of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club to be held at Indianapolis, Indiana some 9,000 miles later.

What made this trek different from others that have completed the Four Corners Tour is that Ed and Steve did it for firefighters. As you may know on December 3, 1999 the Worcester, Massachusetts Fire Department and the world lost six brave firefighters in a horrific fire as they searched a building for occupants. These were ordinary men, with families, and ordinary lives just like you and me Ė except circumstances and history thrust them into an extraordinary situation and outcome.

As Ed and Steve marched with some 26,000 other firefighters later in December at the Memorial Service they knew that we could never forget these six men and the other men and women who give the supreme sacrifice when serving in the line-of-duty. Worcester is currently raising funds to construct a permanent memorial in the memory of the six fallen firefighters.

Ed and Steve ran the corners to raise money to donate on behalf of the Red Knights to the fund for the permanent memorial. The money raised will be donated to the Worcester Memorial Fund Drive.

Ed and Steve received support from Red Knights, Firefighters, other motorcycles, and everyone they came in contact with during their 40 treck. We would like to thank everyone who helped support their ride and their reason to ride.

Please support the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Tour Corporate Sponsors. Lodgian and Bass Hotels who helped the Tour riders with lodging throughout their journey. Bass Hotels operate Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and Staybridge Suites Hotels and Resorts around the country.

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