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FDNY 343 Ride stops in Riverhead on Ground Zero to Montauk trek to raise money for severely injured veterans

Photo: Thomas Lambui

Dozens of cyclists on a ride from Ground Zero to Montauk Point to raise money for injured veterans had a stop-over in Riverhead Sunday.

More than 80 riders left the Ground Zero reflecting pool memorial Sunday morning on the first part of their two-day FDNY 343 Ride to Montauk Point. It was the seventh annual ride that in its first six years raised more than $600,000 for injured veterans.

The ride honors the 343 members of the New York City Fire Department who perished on Sept. 11, 2001.

Proceeds raised pay for all-terrain wheel chairs, service dogs, medical bills, housing and other expenses facing severely injured veterans.

The cyclists arrived in Riverhead at about 4:30 Sunday afternoon where they attended a gathering hosted by Eagle Auto Mall.

Along the way, the riders were escorted by the NYC Fireriders Motorcycle Club, N.Y. State Police, Nassau County Police, Suffolk County Police and Riverhead Town Police.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Thomas Lambui

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