A group of NYC firefighters arrived by bike in Sebastian Friday with a special piece of cargo

SEBASTIAN, Fla. - 1,400 miles in three weeks. That's how far a group of New York City firefighters have pedaled to get here to South Florida.

They're delivering a special piece of cargo.

The firefighters have biked through rain, snow, cold and now warm weather.

"I can't believe we're actually in Florida," says Louis Strandberg.

Their journey began March 19 in New York. On Friday evening they arrived in Sebastian to stay the night.

"It's been a really emotional, empowering trip," says Kevin McCormick.

On Saturday these firefighters will get on their bikes one last time and pedal about 30 miles to the National Navy Seal Museum in Fort Pierce.

"We're escorting a piece of steel from the trade center," says Strandberg, "The steel is from the 60th floor. We're not sure what tower."

It's a gift to the museum.  This beam from America's darkest hour means a lot to these firefighters.

"For me because I was there that day working I think it symbolizes the strength of this country," says Strandberg.

They've met a lot of people on their 1,400 mile trek, took many pictures and kept pedaling despite some bumps and bruises.

"The positive energy that we get from people along the way was enough to keep us going," says Strandberg.

The firefighters are also raising awareness for Trident House.  It's a place of refuge here in Sebastian for special ops military and their families.

"We appreciate that," says Vietnam War Veteran Paul Kliemisch, "We're all veterans."

Their time in Florida will be short.  The firefighters leave Sunday for New York.


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