The emergency siren roared at Botsford Fire Rescue as thousands of riders in the CT United ride passed by at about 1:00 p.m. Sunday. A group of about a dozen firefighters and other well-wishers waved and gave thumbs up to support riders as they pass. Two held a banner bearing the department's name.
The event, organized by Connecticut firefighters, honors the efforts and sacrifices of those on 9/11. This is the 9th year for the event.
"We do it every year, blast the siren and come out for them," said Botsford Chief Wayne Ciaccia after the ride. "We're remembering 9/11 ... and all the guys that died on that day."
The ride passed down Route 25 into Monroe. It will come to a close this afternoon in Bridgeport.