MIDDLEBURY – A special group of cyclists from the United States and Australia are teaming up to ride across the country in honor first responders, and they're getting help from a local RV company.
The Tour of Duty is riding across the U.S. from San Diego to New York on a 2,600 mile trek.
It's made up of police, firefighters, and military from both countries.
The ride pays tribute to the hundreds of people who responded to the attacks on 9-11 in New York and Washington D.C. and those fighting now for security and peace.
Thursday, they passed through Middlebury and stopped at the Jayco RV offices to thank the company for donating two motor homes as support vehicles.
“It’s about the people of 9-11, the reason for the Tour of Duty beginning,” said Jon Sculley, a firefighter from Melbourne, Australia. “When we got back to Australia, we realized that it wasn’t just about firefighters and police and medical people. It was about the military as well and their fight against terrorism, the people that serve our countries, Australia and America everyday.”
Money raised along the way will support the Wounded Warriors project and the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children’s Fund.