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Updated: 08/07/2014 08:00:01AM

Brotherhood Ride stops in DeSoto

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SUN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

The Brotherhood RIde cyclists and their support team pose in the gazebo in Arcadia's Tree of Knowledge Park, where they stopped for lunch Monday before starting out on the last leg of their 300-mile ride to Charlotte County.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Algie Didlaukies, at podium, speaks to the crowd about why she has been a supporter of the Brotherhood RIde since its inception. Watching are, from left, Candy Morse, on the Brotherhood RIde Support Team, and Monica Allison of DeSoto County Fire Rescue.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Jeff Morse, of North Naples Fire Rescue, who initially organized the Brotherhood Ride in 2008, speaks to the crowd gathered at the Tree of Knowledge Park on Monday as the riders reached Arcadia. The group stopped here for lunch before completing their 300-mile journey in Port Charlotte. The ride was intended both to raise awareness of those in public safety -- fire and law enforcement -- who lost their lives in service, as well as to raise money for their surviving families.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Members of the Arcadia Police Department and city staff came to the Tree of Knowledge Park to welcome the Brotherhood RIde to town. DeSoto County FIre Rescue and the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office gave the riders an escort into town, and to the Charlotte County border as they embarked on the last leg of their journey.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Bikers in the Brotherhood Ride sit down for a quick lunch in Arcadia's Tree of Knowledge Park Monday, before completing the last leg of their journey. The Brotherhood Ride, organized to being awareness about those in public safety who lost their lives as well as to raise money for their surviving families, has stopped in Arcadia in almost every year since its inception in 2008.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

DeSoto County Commissioners Elton Langford, left, and Jim Selph, right, shake hands, with retired DeSoto County Fire Rescue Chief Glenn Prescott in center. They were among the many publiuc officials and residents who came to greet the Brotherhood Ride cyclists at the Tree of Knowledge Park Monday.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Members of DeSoto County Fire Rescue listen to Jeff Morse explain why he organized the Brotherhood Ride, to remember those who gave their lives as firefighters or law enforcement, and to raise funds to help their surviving fmailies. The Brotherhood Ride covered more than 300 miles this year and finished the ride in Charlotte County.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Bikes line the Tree of Knowledge Park while riders stop to enjoy a brief lunch in the shade after leaving Lake Placid. The ride took the cyclists over 300 miles im honor of four law enforcement officers who died in the line of suty last year in Florida.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Gary Lawrence manipulates a drone outfitted with a Go-Pro camera to create video of the Brotherhood Ride's journey this year. Lawrence is part of the team's support staff.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Gary Lawrence grabs his drone with a Go-Pro camera attached. He made video of much of the Brotherhood RIde this year as they cycled from North Naples to Port St. Lucie and through Arcadia on their way to Port Charlotte.

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