Some 200 people descended on Eagle Auto Mall in Riverhead this past weekend to welcome dozens of New York City firefighters from the FDNY343RIDE group who biked into town a day after embarking from Ground Zero, event organizers said.
The annual bike ride honors the memory of the FDNY members who were lost at Ground Zero. FDNY343RIDE raises money for wounded veterans. The ride started Saturday and wrapped up later in the day Sunday in Montauk.
But that was after a two-hour break at Eagle Auto Mall on Route 58, where they rendezvoused with supporters and were treated to a barbecue lunch.
The Riverhead event ran from 4 to 6 p.m., during which time the dealership raffled off a 2-year lease on a new Chevy Camaro, and three disabled veterans were given Action Track all-terrain wheelchairs, which organizers said will allow the vets to better enjoy the outdoors.
FDNY343RIDE and its sponsors, which includes Eagle Auto Mall and P.C. Richard & Son, among others, has raised about $200,000 for the Home for Heroe group, a national nonprofit group that helps build houses for severely wounded war vets and their families.
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