Our Purpose

The FDNY members of Engine 50, Ladder 19, and Battalion 26 have organized an annual bicycle trip on the Anniversary of 9/11, to honor and remember the 343 members of the FDNY who perished in the World Trade Center on Sept 11th, 2001. We will never forget.

This fall marks the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on our country.  In order to honor the memory of the firefighters that died at the World Trade Center, members of the FDNY will participate in the 9th annual FDNY343Ride memorial bicycle ride on Sunday, September 15th. This year’s one day ride will have the cyclists pedaling from The World Trade Ceter to Pindar Vineyards in Peconic NY.

Donated proceeds from the ride go directly to help support severely injured veterans who have served in the Armed Forces. Their lives have been permanently altered protecting our great nation and the freedom we so enjoy.  We are committed to help and support these brave men and women in their time of need as they return home.  The money raised is used to pay for all terrain wheel chairs (Track Chairs), service dogs,  medical bills, housing, and numerous other expenses that surface. These brave men and women have made great sacrifices and it is an honor to be able to help out any way we can.

Last year, our fundraising efforts produced over $200,000, and have exceeded $1,000,000 since the ride began in 2011.  We would like to invite you to join our efforts and assist in helping the riders continue to raise funds to help our veterans.

FDNY343 Ride Projects

Over ONE MILLION Raised throughout the years!
Here are some of the worthwhile projects that we have been able to contribute to:

  •  We have donated over $400,000 to Building Homes for Heroes®
  • Including $10,000 to the FDNY Boxing Team which is supporting the BHH as well
  • Purchased a new vehicle for a veteran to get back and forth from work to school
  •  Funded extensive van repairs for Sgt. Aaron Hale. Sgt. Hale lost his eye sight while in combat.
  • Paid rent for six months for a soldier facing eviction. While he was building his new home, 343Ride paid his rent until the home was completed.
  • Funded six track chairs thru the Independence Fund at $16,000 per chair.
  • Paid mortgage for four months for wife and daughter of a soldier who committed suicide after numerous tours in Afghanistan.
  • $10,000 to be put towards an elevator for the Venertura Home Project.
  • Purchase of Two Track Chairs: One for Karen Lumis, which included a trailer to transport the chair, and one for John Trubee.
  • Continue to support America’s Vet Dogs
  • Five bicycles purchased for “Angel Bikes.” We are committed to 5 more when recipients are located.
  • A custom bicycle for Alana Duffy.
  • $2,000 donation to a fundraiser for Marine Sgt. Eddie Ryan.

THIS YEARS RIDE

We will ride this year again for one day on Sunday, September 15th, starting at the World Trade Center at 7:00am with a brief moment of remembrance before we get on our bikes.  After several stops along our route, we will end our 105 mile ride at Pindar Vineyards, 37645 Main Road (Route 25) in Peconic, NY.

As we arrive at approximately 4:00pm, there will be music, food, drinks all on site at our generous hosts Pindar Vineyards.  There will be closing comments and a presentation to some of our most needed veterans. While there, you will be able to purchase commemorative tee shirts, make a donation, and be sure to purchase Pindar wines with our commemorative label.

How Can You Help?

The ride is being hosted by Engine 50, Ladder 19 and Battalion 26 of the FDNY. Preparation for this event takes countless hours of time and effort, yet this charity pays no wages to any of its personnel. All work on behalf of the charity is volunteered, ensuring that your donation makes its way to those to whom it is intended. We ask for donations of all sizes and amounts to assist with the process.  Your financial help is deeply appreciated.  FDNY343RIDE is a registered 501C-3 tax exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible. The volunteer preparation for this event takes countless hours of research and the money needed to organize it continues to grow.

Checks can be made out to “FDNY 343 RIDE” and mailed to:

FDNY 343 RIDE
Att: Commissary
1155 Washington Ave
Bronx, NY 10456

Or donate via Paypal. Just click here.

Thank you!

We thank all companies, individual sponsors and donors who have so graciously pledged their financial and moral support to help make this truly awesome event happen. All proceeds from the ride go to support injured veterans that have been protecting this country for the past years.