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Dozens of first responders cycle through Upstate

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Typically you would find Peter Biviano at his fire house in Columbia. However, the captain was in Greenville along with several dozen other first responders as they participated in Carolina Brotherhood’s annual cycling event.

"Because it lets everybody know that their loved one who died in the line of duty has not been forgotten,” said Biviano.

The trek began in Smithfield, North Carolina. The riders will bike 600 miles to Beaufort South Carolina.

"The things we see and the things we do on our job day to day,” said Biviano, “This is a way for us to heal and give back at the same time."

Bill Suthard with the Huntersville Fire Department is making his second trip with the Carolina Brotherhood. According to Suthard

"Were still riding with a lot of passion and a lot of heart and love for those we've lost along the way,” said Suthard.

This year, they’re riding for fallen Anderson County deputy, Devin Hodges and two other upstate first responders.

"Were riding for firefighter Ken Stanton and K9 Hyco,” explained Suthard, “Both of them lost in the line of duty in 2015."

According Suthard, the group raises about $30,000 a year through the ride. That money will go to help the families of fallen heroes across the Carolinas.

"Heaven forbid it would ever happen to me. I would want someone to be there for my family,” said Biviano, “To be able to do that for others and their families, just fills my heart with joy."

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