In the video:With sirens roaring in the background, about 150 riders set out Sunday morning for the fourth Newtown Hook and Ladder Firehouse Ride, an extended 50-mile motorcycle ride in support of the station and the Sandy Hook Family Healing Fund.
Bikers departed from the One-Eyed Pig parking lot at 11:00 a.m. following a benediction from St. Rose of Lima Monsignor Robert Weiss, who prayed for the riders' safety and success. Following the ride, Tim Hoeffel said about 100 residents were expected to attend a pig roast with hot dogs and hamburgers.
"This is our best turnout yet," said Hoeffel, who organized the ride alongside Rob Manna "But we still haven't raised quite enough."
The ride is an ongoing fundraiser, now in its fourth year, for a new Newtown Hook and Ladder station.
"It's starting to fall down," said Hoeffel. "As a town building it's not worth putting much more money into."