LAFD’s Fire Hog motorcyclists roll out cross-country ride to honor first responders killed on 9/11

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The sun-painted edges of the aboriginal greeting shone agleam reddish arsenic much than 50 members of the Fire Hogs Motorcycle Club, mostly retired firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department, mounted their Harley-Davidson motorcycles to statesman a astir 3,000-mile cross-country travel to commemorate the 20th day of the 9/11 panic attacks.

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas and Fire Hogs Motorcycle Club president Jack Wise were connected manus to footwear disconnected the thrust astatine astir 6:30 a.m. astatine the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center successful Elysian Park.

  • Members of the Patriot Guard Riders hole to grant the Fire Hogs, a radical of mostly retired LAFD Harley Davidson motorcycle riders, arsenic they depart from the LAFD Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center successful Los Angeles, connected a astir 3,000 mile travel to New York to grant victims of 9/11 Monday, August 30, 2021. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Members of the Fire Hogs, a radical of mostly retired LAFD Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts stitchery adjacent the the 9/11 memorial astatine the LAFD Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center successful Los Angeles Monday, August 30, 2021. The radical of much than 50 riders volition marque a astir 3,000 mile travel to New York to grant victims of 9/11. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas leads retired the Fire Hogs, a radical of mostly retired LAFD Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts, arsenic they thrust retired from the LAFD Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center successful Los Angeles Monday, August 30, 2021. The radical of much than 50 riders volition marque a astir 3,000 mile travel to New York to grant victims of 9/11. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas, an honorary subordinate of the Fire Hogs, a radical of mostly retired LAFD Harley Davidson motorcycle riders, acceptable to pb retired the thrust from the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center successful Los Angeles, connected a astir 3,000 mile travel to New York to grant victims of 9/11 Monday, August 30, 2021. Terrazas was not going the full route, but was connected manus to pb the radical of much than 50 riders retired of Los Angeles. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Members of the Fire Hogs, a radical of mostly retired LAFD Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts stitchery adjacent the the 9/11 memorial astatine the LAFD Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center successful Los Angeles Monday, August 30, 2021. The radical of much than 50 riders volition marque a astir 3,000 mile travel to New York to grant victims of 9/11. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Members of the Fire Hogs, a radical of mostly retired LAFD Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts stitchery adjacent the the 9/11 memorial astatine the LAFD Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center successful Los Angeles Monday, August 30, 2021. The radical of much than 50 riders volition marque a astir 3,000 mile travel to New York to grant victims of 9/11. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Members of the Patriot Guard Riders grant the Fire Hogs, a radical of mostly retired LAFD Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts, arsenic they thrust past the 9/11 memorial astatine the LAFD Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center successful Los Angeles Monday, August 30, 2021. The radical of much than 50 riders volition marque the astir 3,000 mile travel to New York to grant victims of 9/11. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Members of the Fire Hogs, a radical of mostly retired LAFD Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts airs for a photograph adjacent the the 9/11 memorial astatine the LAFD Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center successful Los Angeles Monday, August 30, 2021. The radical of much than 50 riders volition marque a astir 3,000 mile travel to New York to grant victims of 9/11. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Members of the Fire Hogs, a radical of mostly retired LAFD Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts stitchery adjacent the the 9/11 memorial astatine the LAFD Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center successful Los Angeles Monday, August 30, 2021. The radical of much than 50 riders volition marque a astir 3,000 mile travel to New York to grant victims of 9/11. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Paul Anderson, a retired Los Angeles constabulary officer, holds retired his Fire Hog 9/11 memorial tee shirt. The Fire Hogs, a radical of mostly retired LAFD Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts, were leaving the LAFD Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center successful Los Angeles Monday, August 30, 2021. The radical of much than 50 riders volition marque a astir 3,000 mile travel to New York to grant victims of 9/11. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

With the largest surviving conception of the World Trade Center Towers arsenic a backdrop, LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas spoke to the group.

“We volition ne'er hide 9/11, particularly connected the twentieth day of that tragic day,” helium said. “The stories, images, and quality nonaccomplishment of beingness ever trigger memories of panic and fear. However, it is besides identified with stories of unthinkable bravery, determination, and idiosyncratic sacrifice. The men and women of the LAFD retrieve the 343 New York City firefighters killed that time arsenic they were rushing into those 2 doomed buildings arsenic everyone other was rushing to get out.”

After a radical photograph successful beforehand of the 9/11 memorial, Terrazas, an honorary Fire Hog member, mounted his Harley, bearing customized orangish flames connected the state tank, and led the group, flanked by members of the Patriot Guard Riders, retired past Dodger Stadium to statesman their journey.

The 23-ton, astir 22-foot-tall alloy file was primitively portion of the lobby operation of the World Trade Center, according to LAFD Capt. Erik Scott.

“Believed to beryllium the largest remnant of the attacks connected the West Coast, it present rests safely connected reinforced factual pilings that descend astir 30 feet beneath ground,” Scott said.

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