“There are 10,000 reasons we’re here,” said Christopher Flanagan, Chief of Operations at Narberth Ambulance. “We make over 10,000 emergency calls per year for the service areas we serve.”
Flanagan has been with his ambulance company for over 34 years.
“Our EMTs and EMTs, career and volunteer, save lives every day. I really mean it,” he said. “However, that has its price.”
Five years ago, Flanagan’s son came up with the idea of running a bike race to help fill the need for new gear. Last year the race combined with live music to become the Ardmore Rock N’ Ride fundraiser.
This year’s goal is to raise $300,000 to offset the cost of a new ambulance and the emergency care technology it includes. Since the event began, Narberth has helped Ambulance purchase four new vehicles.
Local cyclists seem happy to keep the gears spinning for a good cause.
“These are something like the first responders. You don’t really think about her. You kind of take them for granted,” said George Haines, a Philadelphia cyclist. “And that’s why, you know, I wanted to show up and do what I love.”
The event featured an official USA Cycle Race along with a mix of live music by local artists and games for children. Additionally, first responders brought their vehicles so the community could learn more about their work.
“This is not only fundraising, but also to raise awareness for the emergency services,” Chief Flanagan said. “So if we could pick up some volunteers that would be great.”
To learn more about Ardmore Rock N’ Ride and to support their cause, visit their website.
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