Local fire department biking to Frankfort to honor of a fallen firefighter

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A local volunteer fire department is making a trip to the state capitol in honor of a fallen firefighter.

Biking the hilly back roads of Kentucky from Bowling Green to Frankfort is no easy task, but the Gott Fire Department is taking the challenge head on.

The 135 mile trip is in honor of Kyle Hendrick who was killed during a training exercise November 16, 2000.

The Hendrick family initiated the startup of the Gott Volunteer Fire Department in 1977 and continues to be involved.

The journey consists of at least two cyclists at a time tag-teaming the back roads.

This ride is raising money for education funds for Hendrick’s niece and nephew

“This educational money that we’ll be raising is in memory of Kyle to go to his nephew and niece, to help them with educational funds for trade school or vocational school, or even for high school that they need to finish up to get ready for college,”  Craig Peay, Assistant Fire Chief Gott Fire Dept., said.

Upon arrival, the cyclists met up with the Hendrick’s family and lay a wreath on his memorial.

Peay says he wants the Hendricks family to know that they haven’t forgotten about Kyle.

The cyclists arrived in Frankfort at 4 p.m. making the bike ride a total of 10 hours.