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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 1: Employees from the local Ottawa bike shop give their well wishes to paramedic bike riders Norm Robillard and Alex Blaga before they set off on the 1,000-mile journey. Photo courtesy Norm Robillard

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 3: Riders enjoy a burst of sunshine as they make their way into the U.S. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 3: A salute to riders as they pass through on their way to the night's destination. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 3: The group shares a supportive hug with Wade MacPherson, a paramedic from Blind River, Ontario, after he shared a personal story of his friend and former partner who committed suicide in 2015. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 4: The sun finally came out as our cyclists rode through the rolling hills of Vermont on day 4 of the National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 4: Riders pose on the steps of the Vermont State House as they pass through Montpelier. Photo courtesy Steve Berry.

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 6: An official escort from Boston Police Department greeted our riders at the end of the day's journey. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 6: Selfies and Instagram posts abound on today's sunny stretch of riding. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 6: Our riders received a warm welcome from Boston PD at the end of today's ride. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 8: The group embraces a member of the ride's support staff to say goodbye. Some members are returning home, while others are continuing all the way on to Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 9: A road-weary rider grabs a quick bite, and a moment of shut-eye, during the morning's debriefing before embarking on the day's 90+ mile journey through near-freezing temperatures. Photo Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 1: City of Ottawa paramedic Norm Robillard's personalized copy of Bill 163, signed by the Honourable Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn and Member of Provincial Parliament Cheri DiNovo. "This is the most significant recognition I have ever received for the work I have done as an activist, lobbyist and guy who simply cares about the men & women I work with," Robillard said. DiNovo was an early champion of PTSD legislation, and fought to overcome many bureaucratic and political hurdles to get Bill 163 passed. Photo Norm Robillard

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 10: Riders are joined by the family members of EMS providers who died due to long-term illness suffered from responding to the 9/11 terrorist attack. Photo Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 10: The riders (and their bicycles) enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City for a special mass in the famed church to honor our fallen EMS comrades. Photo Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 10: It was an odd sight to see so much spandex and bicycle gear inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The riders were humbled by the warm welcome and special mass held in their honor. Photo Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 10: Reverend Monsignor Robert Ritchie delivers the mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral to honor the EMS professionals we lost this year. Photo Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 11: Tandem bikers pedal their way through the East Coast leg of the National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 11: Tandem bikers pedal their way through the rain on the East Coast leg of the National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 12: There's lots of time to think in the 112 miles between Wilmington and Dewey Beach, Del. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 12: Memorial placards at each rest stop bear the names, photos and stories of the EMS service providers we lost this year. our riders hold their stories close to their hearts so they can push through the weariness and reach their goal. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 13: Paramedic Mike Larson keeps a bucket of french fries in his jersey's back pocket for quick energy. Photo Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

JEMS editorial board member Steve Berry poses for a photo with the family and friends of Rick Hartley, an EMT who died in the line of duty in 2015 and whose name Steve wore around his neck during the duration of the ride. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 1: Ontario Ministry of Labour Kevin Flynn talks about PTSD legislation, saying that if it is possible for legislation to come to fruition in a big place like Ontario, it is possible elsewhere. It took approximately eight years for Bill 163 to pass. Photo Norm Robillard

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

That's the end of the road for the National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride! Thank you to all those who participated for bringing awareness and honor to our fallen EMS colleagues. Illustration Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 1: Capital-to-Capital rider Ken Martin sports the hashtag #ivegotyourback911 on his jersey while listening to some inspirational words before embarking on the 1,000-mile journey. Photo Norm Robillard

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 2: Despite the cold and rainy forecast, riders kept a positive outlook and pushed through to the day's goal. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 2: The group of riders and support staff bundles up and poses for a group photo before departing for the day's 65 km ride through wet and windy conditions. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 2: It's going to take more than some rain and wind to keep this crew's spirits down! Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 3: Support staff follows along behind our riders as they trek through the cold countryside. Photo courtesy Steve Berry.

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 3: Spirits remain high with our riders as they remember the message of PTSD awareness they are working to spread. Photo courtesy Steve Berry

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National EMS Memorial Capital-to-Capital Bike Ride

Day 5: Riders return year after year to recharge their batteries and embrace the camaraderie of sharing the road with other EMS professionals. Photo courtesy National EMS Memorial Bike Ride