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Firefighter biking across the country

Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A firefighter from Wisconsin is on a nation-wide mission, riding his bike cross-country and visiting fire houses along the way and raising money too.
     
Jeffery Moore is about two-thirds of his way through a cross country bike ride to honor fallen fire fighters.

Friday he will be making a stop at the Oshtemo Township fire station.

We talked to him from the road.

"I've been a firefighter and a paramedic at the town of Madison Fire Dept. in Madison Wisconsin for just over four years," said Moore.

Moore is an avid biker who decided to take the summer to combine his 2 loves, biking and firefighting.

On July 10th he set off on a cross country mission from San Francisco to New York City, visiting as many firehouses as he could.

"I just asked for a place to stay for the evening and I asked if I could eat dinner with the fire crews," said Moore.

Moore bikes 80 to 90 miles each day, carrying everything he needs with him on the bike.

Sometimes people in the cities he visits come along for a ride too.

"Sometimes the fire trucks will escort me in or out of the city," said Moore.

At night he meets with the firefighters. So far he's posed for dozens of pictures at houses all across the country.

"I think that I'm really lucky to have this opportunity and to have this whole experience. One thing that I kind of appreciate is a better understanding of how big the country is and just how many people there are. And I think of all these characters I've met," said Moore.

On his journey Moore is raising money for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation.

He will end the trip on September 11th at the World Trade Center Memorial.

He says the trip has given him a lot of perspective.

"I think I've got a better idea of what the fire service is about. Especially seeing it across the country. It doesn't matter where you're at or if you're a volunteer department or a career department I think that firefighters just want to help people out," said Moore.

Moore is expected to get into Kalamazoo around 3 Friday afternoon.  The Oshtemo Township fire department will escort him into town.

He's expected to spend a few days here in the Kalamazoo area taking a short break on his trip.

He chose Oshtemo because his dad was a firefighter there and for the City of Kalamazoo.

If you would like to follow his journey you can visit his website


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