Riders to pedal 600 miles during 2022 Carolina Brotherhood Memorial Ride

This annual ride honors and remembers fallen public safety servants across North Carolina and South Carolina.
Riders departed Mooresville on Monday as part of the 2022 Carolina Brotherhood Memorial Ride.
Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 9:13 AM EDT
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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) - The 2022 Carolina Brotherhood Memorial Ride kicked off Monday morning in Mooresville.

This annual ride honors and remembers fallen public safety servants across North Carolina and South Carolina.

“Carolina Brotherhood is a ride where we honor the fallen firefighters, police officers, EMS workers and their families. We go and follow up with them after a tragic line of duty death,” said retired Salisbury firefighter Jay Baker.

The start of the ride honored Mooresville Police Ofc. Jordan Sheldon who lost his life in the line of duty in 2019.

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The riders taking part will pedal just over 600 miles this year to honor the 16 firefighters, 29 police officers and five K9s lost in the line of duty across the Carolinas in 2019 and 2020.

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Mooresville Police and Fire-Rescue escorted the riders to the Iredell/Rowan County line and on to their first stop in Concord.

Fallen Concord Police Officer and Rowan County native Jason Shuping was honored with the stop in downtown Concord. Shuping’s wife and mother were there to greet the riders and find Jason’s name on the back of the team support trailer.

“We want to love on them and tell them how much their loved one meant to us and them,” Baker added.

One of the support team members is Stacy Bowen. Her husband Captain Jeff Bowen died while fighting an arson fire in Asheville in 2011. She’s been involved with the ride for years.

“Everybody that came up to me, the riders and stuff, said ‘you being here is so beneficial to us, you’re giving back, you’re doing so much for us, blah, blah, blah, and I told them you have no idea how much this is helping my healing process and how much this is doing for me,” Stacy Bowen said.

And that’s the point, the riders say, to offer support to the loved ones still grieving the loss.

Once they finished the Concord stop, the riders went down Highway 73 and were able to take a quick rest break in Albemarle at the fire department, and then, off to Montgomery County to honor the memory of Deputy Sheriff Sypraseuth Phouangphrachanh, known as “Bud,” a school resource officer for 14 years from Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office who died in 2020.

“Everyone within the brotherhood, we all have a story to tell, everybody has a story of their own,” Baker added. “We’re not just supporting the families, we’re also supporting each other, talking with each other, coaching each other along the way.”

“Remembering means never forgetting. As time passes, it is important for the families and co-workers of the fallen to know their loved ones are not forgotten. It is an honor to meet these families, hear their stories, and remember those who gave their lives in the line of duty,” Rob Colvert, battalion chief for Mooresville Fire-Rescue, said.

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