WILMINGTON, N.C. (June 24th, 2019) – On Tuesday, June 25th, 2019, members of the Wilmington Fire Department and New Hanover County Fire Rescue will escort the arrival of over 60 members and volunteers of the Carolina Brotherhood into New Hanover County, through Wilmington to their final destination of the day at Empie Park Fire Station #2, off of Park Avenue. The arrival of these dedicated men and women of the Carolina Brotherhood coincides with the memorial dedication ceremony being held in honor of Captain Eric Lacewell on the evening of June 25th, at 6:30pm. Captain Lacewell is one of the seventeen North and South Carolina Fire, Law and EMS Line-of-Duty deaths that the Carolina Brotherhood are riding in memory of this year.
The Carolina Brotherhood was established in 2012, and their mission is to provide emotional and financial support for the families of those who lost their lives in the line of duty and were from the Carolinas, by raising awareness and appreciation for the extraordinary sacrifice these amazing men and women have made. This year, over 60 bikers and volunteers from all over North and South Carolina, including Wilmington Deputy Fire Chief J.S. Mason, will depart from Windsor, NC on the morning of June 25th, riding 94 miles to Goldsboro, NC, where they will rest for the night. The following morning, the riders and volunteers will leave Goldsboro and arrive in Wilmington, NC, in the afternoon after riding 93 miles on the second day. The team members, all of whom are first responders, will depart Wilmington on Wednesday morning around 07:30, traveling on to South Carolina, stopping in Marion, Lancaster, Greenville and ending back in North Carolina on Saturday in Burnsville, completing over 600 miles in 6 days.