DANVERS (WHDH) - A 50-mile bike ride event called ‘A Reason to Ride’ is happening today in Danvers to honor fallen Peabody firefighter Dan Pimenta.
The avid bicyclist was killed in July after being struck by a car while he was riding in Beverly. Pimenta was a 27-year veteran of the fire department. He left behind a wife and two children.
Today, Pimenta’s colleagues are honoring him by riding the 50-miles. For those who are unable to bike the distance, there are other options including a 25-mile bike ride, 10-mile bike ride, and a 5K walk. The race started at 8:30 a.m..
‘A Reason to Ride’ was started by Tom DesFosses, a brain cancer survivor, who created the event to raise and donate money to brain tumor research at Beth Israel in Boston.
DesFosses said Pimenta was always a supporter of ‘A Reason to Ride,’ so it was fitting that they honor the fallen firefighter at the event.
There was a service for Pimenta that took place prior to the start of the race.
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