Firefighter bikes coast to coast to boost cash for psychological well being providers

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – This one-of-a-kind team, a man, a dog, and his bike, travel 3,700 miles across the country to raise funds and raise awareness about mental health issues.

You will traverse a total of eight states on a route known as the “Southern Tier” that begins in San Diego, California and ends in St. Augustine, Florida.

Kevin Conley Jr. and his dog Rocky made their way to El Paso as they begin the long stretch of the Lone Star State.

The goal was to improve yourself and for a greater purpose.

“My original goal was to get my mind free to clear all the pain and suffering my mind was going through, and I wanted to give back for a bigger cause,” said Conley Jr.

That purpose is to raise money for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, a foundation that focuses on helping families of firefighters killed on duty and helping injured firefighters and their families.

Conley Jr. is a wilderness firefighter who has his own struggles, and Rocky loves to help and join.

“He’s always there for me, this is my best friend here,” said Conley Jr.

He says that although his mental health motivated him to start, he wants to get it not about him: “It’s about children who never speak to their father again and women who never speak to their best friend again become … I just want to raise money for the Wildlife Firefighter Foundation so that we can give something back to this world. “

To donate to Kevin’s and Rocky’s fundraiser, click here Donation to Kevin’s and Rocky’s Southern Tier, 3,700 Mile Drive for the Mental Health of Wildland Firefighters – Wildland Firefighter Foundation (givecloud.co)

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Napa firefighter raises cash for household of slain Southern California firefighter

NAPA, Calif. (KRON) – A Bay Area firefighter helps a family who suffered a great loss in Southern California.

He helps raise money for the family of a firefighter who was killed by a colleague a week ago.

Napa Fire Captain Ryan Chagonjian has been making bespoke flags from recycled fire hoses for seven years.

The first was for himself and it picked up speed quickly and has been used for charity ever since.

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$ 100,000 has been raised through his efforts over the years, and it’s a family affair – the captain’s wife and her siblings are all involved in designing the flag.

This time around, they’re giving it away to raise money for the family of 44-year-old Tory Carlon from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, who was shot and killed by a disgruntled colleague.

Chagonjian says he wants to do what he can and show the victim’s family that there are good people in the world who will care.

The raffle costs $ 10 and is open to the public nationwide. They will send this flag to a winner across the country.

The drawing is Friday at 5 p.m.

The flag measures 24 “by 40” and 100% of the proceeds go to the victim’s family.

You can take part in the raffle at customfireflags.com.