RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (KTXL) — When emergencies happen, emergency medical service professionals run towards danger, saving lives while risking their own.
Thursday morning, a bike ride to honor EMS professionals is set to go through Sacramento.
The event is part of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride to honor first responders killed in the line of duty.
Locally, the bike ride was supposed to begin in Reno and end at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Due to the Caldor Fire, the ride will begin in Rancho Cordova and end at the State Capitol.
At the Capitol, cyclists will memorialize nine California-based EMS professionals who died in the line of duty, including six from the Northern California region.
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Captain Parker Wilbourn told FOX40 about the event and a local first responder being honored during the bike ride.
“It’s very important … The memorial was big on the East Coast. It started in Boston in 2001. We’re trying to bring more light to it. One of our own, Kyle Rutherford, passed away earlier this year.”