FIREFIGHTER’S TRAVEL NEARLY 600 MILES IN A 30-YEAR OLD FIRE ENGINE TO SUPPORT 100-MILE UNICYCLE RIDE FUND RAISER FOR THEIR PARALYZED BR0THER!
Contact Person(s): Ken Retzer (239-340-9459) or Bill Mueller (864-356-3678)
On October 21st, at 5:00 AM, over a dozen active and retired Cape Coral firefighters will be driving a 30-year old American LaFrance fire engine from Cape Coral, Florida north on I-75 to Atlanta, Georgia (over 580 miles each way) to rally in support of one of their own; retired 20-year veteran firefighter, Gary Mueller.
In March, 2009, Gary was paralyzed from the chest down in a tragic accident. Since then, his medical treatment and follow up costs have rendered Gary financially devastated. His brother, Bill Mueller, who is an avid unicyclist, decided to hold a fund-raiser in an attempt to raise monies towards the purchase of a handicap van for Gary. When Gary’s fellow firefighters got wind of Bill’s fund-raising endeavor, word and actions towards its success moved faster and grew larger than an out-of-control wildfire!
Today, this event has taken on a life of its own and is spreading all over the internet, including social networking sites like Facebook.
The fund-raising event will kick off with a pre-party on Friday, October 22nd, 8:00 PM at Atlanta’s own Engine 11, a 100-plus year old firehouse turned restaurant and bar. Then, on Saturday, October 23rd, starting at 7:00 AM, Bill is going to ride his specialized unicycle from the Fire Department across from Free Chapel Church (Flowery Branch, GA) through Hall, Gwinnett, DeKalb, and Fulton Counties, stopping at various Fire Departments along the way! His ride will ultimately take him on a journey of a century (100 miles) while Gary and his fellow firefighters follow in the 30-year old American LaFrance fire engine. The ride will finish in Atlanta, culminating in a fun-filled, blow-out victory party at Engine 11 (getting cranked up around 9:00 PM). Everyone is invited to come and share in the fun on both nights!
Personal donations continue to fly in to event coordinators and via PayPal on a web site located at www.rideforgary.com. In addition, many businesses, in both Florida and Georgia, are jumping on board and donating and/or advertising as well!
We would like everyone to understand, that a handicap van would mean so much more than merely providing Gary with the ability to safely travel alone. It would, more importantly, help to restore some of the independence that Gary once had and so desperately needs again as a major component in his overall healing process.
We are asking all media outlets to please pass on any/all information regarding this event wherever applicable and whenever possible to help with its support. We would be open to live remotes, any/all interviews, picture or video opportunities, etc. that would help in its success.