Saturday, May 19, 2018

~ 20th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Event ~

"Courageously They Died - By Inspiration They Lived" - LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial

Last year, I was honored to attend the Los Angeles Fire Department Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony.  I walked away with a deep respect for the LA Fire Department and their heroic efforts to remember those fallen firefighters.  I wrote about this event in a post called,  "Courageously They Died - By Inspiration They Lived."

~ LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony ~

Recently, President Jack Wise of the LAFD Fire Hogs M/C asked if I could help spread the word about the upcoming 20th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial event.  The purpose is to remember our fallen firefighters and to raise money for the Los Angeles Firemen's Relief Association, Widows, Orphans, and the Disabled Firemen's Fund, where all proceeds go directly to them.

It is important to note that this event has generated over $25,000 each of the last four years, bringing the total to over $300,000 generated for the Fallen Heroes over the last 19 years.

I just returned from an epic motorcycle adventure out to Big Bend National Park in west Texas.  On my way home, I stopped by the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial  to honor the nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew who lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Fire on June 30, 2013.  So when I got the request from Jack Wise to post their message on my blog, it was an honor.  This is such a worthy cause and I encourage my readers to attend if possible.  

And if you can't attend, take time to thank the next firefighter that you see for their service.  More details about this event are as follows: 



On Saturday, July 14, 2018, the LAFD Fire Hogs M/C will be sponsoring the 20th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Run and Fund Raiser to raise money for the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association, Widows, Orphans, and Disabled Firemen’s Fund. Come join us at 0900 hrs as we ride from our Fire Museum (1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd) in Hollywood, up along the Coast with a couple of scenic stops, then through the canyons to our final destination of the Sage Brush Cantina (23527 Calabasas rd., Calabasas) for music/ luncheon and a raffle to benefit the Widows, Orphans, and Disabled Firemen’s Fund. All are welcome ! If ya cant make the ride meet us at the Sagebrush for the luncheon Raffle and Music! Be there at 1230 to watch the riders come in!! The fund raising events at the Sagebrush Cantina start at 1230 pm. Join us for an afternoon of FUN!! Riders and NON-Riders are ALL WELCOME! All riders and passengers must bring a copy of their signed rider release to participate, copies will be available at the registration Booth. Pre-registered orders for the ride (by July 1, 2018) to receive a Run T-shirt.
Tickets are $40 for a single rider and $70 for a rider with passenger when pre-registered. Only Tickets purchased prior to July 1, 2018, include a Run T-Shirt. Drivers must be 18 years old to participate. Riders and Passengers must sign Waivers. Non-riders and those wishing to join for the luncheon, music, and fund raising festivities at the Sagebrush Cantina (23527 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302) at 1230 pm, the cost is $25 pre-registration (Run shirt not included). Tickets will be slightly higher at the door.
The Anza Hotel is giving us discount room rates if you book by June 13, 2018, call the Anza at 818 222-5300 and ask for the "Firehogs Fallen Heroes July 2018" rate or if you book online at "" use in the group code "180713fire" you will get the same discounted rate. Rooms must be booked by June 13 and they only have a limited number of rooms as of now, which are going fast!!!
Rider Waiver available at registration
visit our Hogs M/C, Website
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Yes. You must be 18 years old to ride a motorcycle in the event. No age limit for passengers and those traveling by car.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Go to our web site to contact any one of the Board members.
What's the refund policy?
You can request a refund up to seven days before the event.
Do I have to ride a motorcycle to attend?
NO! We encourage those NON motorcycle riding folks that want to attend the ceremony at the Museum in the morning to drive their cars there ( parking is limited) and then meet us at the Sagebrush Cantina for the Raffle, Lunch, and Music benefiting your Fallen Heroes. If you cant make the Ceremony in the morning, come to the Sagebrush by 1230hrs to watch the group ride in and then join in the afternoon activities. Those that are not riding in the motorcycle procession can obtain a lunch only ticket at a discount rate. ( Event shirts are not included)
Will there be Fire Hog and event merchandise available at the Sagebrush Cantina?
Yes. For those that were not able to pre-register in time to secure a Event Shirt there will be a limited number for sale at the registration in the morning and at the Sagebrush Cantina along with other great Fire Hog apparel.
Can I have the Event Shirts mailed to me if I miss the Event.
Unfortunatley no. Event shirts that have been purchased must be picked up at the event, any merchandise not picked up within 2-hours of the event ending will be sold for charity. See refund policy above. 
How Much is Donated?
With an ALL Volunteer staff, All procedes made from this event go directly to the Widows, Orphans, and Disabled Fire Fighters Fund. We are proud that this event has generated over $25,000 each of the last four years, bringing our total to over $300,000 this event has generated for our Fallen Heroes over the last 19 years.


  1. Hello Robert,

    Last year I suggested you consider visiting Danny Cypert's Memorial on old route 66 and yes my directions were a bit ambiguous and less than precise but fortunately you were tenacious, persistent and creative.

    I know Danny would be so pleased with your follow up motorcycle tales titled "Mile Marker 88", locating his memorial, not so much because it was about Danny, but rather it may inspire more people to get out and enjoy America's many back roads!

    Fast forward to now and your creative writing talents continue with your recent visit to the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Memorial and now your promoting the 20th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial event article.

    I'm so thankful you kept your promise and visited Danny's memorial, but more importantly I'm so pleased you've made a lasting connection with the LAFD!

    Hopefully, someday you'll be able to share some miles on your iron horse with some of Americas finest "First Responders", the "LA Fire Hogs", they to have many a great "tales" to share.

    Thank you again for completing a "challenging" adventure.

  2. R. Wood. Today, just when I thought no one had seen my recent post, your comment made my day. I appreciate very much that you took the time to read, absorb, and share your feelings about about your friend Danny Cypert and the LAFD. It's not anything I planned but so grateful to be a part of something so worthwhile.....Robert Griego