Over 100 bike riders from across the country are rolling into our nation's capitol for National EMS Week. They're riding to remember those lost in the line of duty this past year. One of those women is from the Toledo area.
They came from all over the country, with one mission: to carry these dog tags- home.
"Sometimes when you go up a hill, and it gets really hard, you grab a hold of these tags, and these people get you up the hill. I swear they do."
It was an emotional ride, each pedal pushed with purpose. To remember the fallen EMS workers who died this year in the line of duty. You can find the story of Sandra Cline's death in a link on the side of this news story.
"So this is the family of Sandra Cline who I rode for this year," bicyclist Devon Jameson said.
Devon Jameson biked from Kingston New York to Washington D.C. Over 500 miles. She's carrying the tags for Ohio native Sandra Cline. This is the first time she's meeting her family.
"It's important to remember the people who don't have here anymore," rider Devon Jameson said.
It's been just 8 months since Cline's tragic passing. The memory of that day isn't far from her husband Edwins's mind.
"It's good to know that she's being honored for the work that she's done, for twenty years, just an amazing woman," Edwin Cline said.
Cline and his family joined other families going sharing the same heartache. For them it's more than just a bike ride, it's comfort.
"I'm never going to be over it, ever," Edwin Cline said. "But closure I'm hoping. Closure for my family, for my kids. Our kids I should say."
The tags Cline will carry back to Toledo bring him peace of mind… Knowing he doesn't have to go down this difficult road- alone.