Bike run honors firefighters

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Fallen firefighters of Youngstown were remembered Saturday with a special event.

The Fallen Firefighters Memorial Bike Run kicked of at 11 a.m. in downtown Youngstown.

The event raises money for the firefighters memorial statue located across from Fire Station Number One in downtown Youngstown.

Eighteen firefighters in Youngstown have lost their lives in the line of duty.

“I’ve been doing this job 25 years, and you’re never going to meet a group of people that are as willing and able to put their lives on the line as a firefighter,” said Capt. Jim Sapp. “I’m proud to be a firefighter and I’m proud of the sacrifices that my brothers have made.”

The bike run traveled from Logan Avenue in Youngstown to Jefferson, Ohio, which is about 100 miles.

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