A team representing HGH EMS Rescue will ride almost 600 miles next month
in honor of Christian Echevarria, who died January 6, 2014.
Local residents will have a chance to support "The Ride for 945"
during an enchilada dinner fundraiser scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. this
Saturday, April 19, at Chihuahua's Grill & Cantina. Tickets are
$10 each; children age 2 and under are free with a paid adult.
Additionally, the group will host a raffle for many prizes, including a
32" Sony flat screen TV, a $50 gift certificate to the Winnemucca
Inn, and two Weber Smoky Joe BBQ grills donated by Marigold.
The "National EMS Memorial Bike Ride" will kick off May 17 from
various locations throughout the United States before ending seven days
later on May 25 in Alexandria, Virginia.
Among the hundreds who will make the grueling journey are five "Muddy
Angels" from Humboldt General Hospital Emergency Medical Services
Rescue including paramedics Debbie Whittaker and Monique Rose, and EMTs
Tom Stephen and Tammy Harding. Additionally, Greg Harding, Jaime Songer
and Alicia Echevarria will make the trek; Nolan Rose will provide support.
The group will ride in the East Coast circuit, departing from Boston, Massachusetts,
and traveling approximately 100 miles each day, before arriving one week
later in Alexandria, Virginia.
From there, all riders will join together in a show of solidarity and pedal
the final miles into Washington, DC.
The group has been training for the event, riding anywhere from 30 to 50
miles at a stretch to simulate the road miles they will encounter during the ride.
Additionally, team members have spent their own money preparing for the
ride by purchasing road bikes, equipment and uniforms—not to mention
the many hours they have donated toward the cause.
"It is a big commitment," said Debbie Whittaker, "but we
are honored to do this for Christian [Echevarria]. It's a wonderful
way to remember him, to honor EMS in general, our local station, and the
many, many people we serve every day."
The group is seeking sponsorships from area businesses and organizations.
Whittaker said any amount is welcome. Checks payable to "Ride for
945" may be sent to Humboldt General Hospital, c/o HGH EMS Rescue
Muddy Angels, 118 E. Haskell Street, Winnemucca, Nevada 89445.
For tickets to Saturday's enchilada dinner fundraiser or for more information,
please call Whittaker at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1363, or stop by HGH EMS
Rescue, located at 1000 Mizpah Street.
All proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Muddy Angels Memorial Fund,
which benefits families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.