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Cross country ride honors fallen firefighter

first_img Ed Lenderman, January 1, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A winter bike ride of 2426-miles to Jacksonville, Florida would be difficult enough, even with a support team.  But this is a strictly solo journey:  No team, no trailing van.  More on that aspect in a moment.Because there was plenty of send-off support for Thomas Pitman in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day at the trip’s starting point, Imperial Beach.Family, friends, CalFire collegues, Pitman’s girlfriend.  And most importantly, Ashley Iverson, widow of local CalFire Firefighter Corey Iverson.  Iverson was killed in the in the devastating Thomas Fire in Ventura County in December of 2017.Ashley then started a foundation in his name. The Iverson Foundation for Active Awareness raises awareness of First Responders’ mental health issues, including PTSD. Iverson and Pitman became buddies when they were part of a Heli-Attack Team in Riverside.Pitman, an avid cyclist thought it was only fitting that he honor his friend by raising awareness of the Foundation and it’s mission,  by riding across the country.  “Thee community supports us tremendously,” he told me, “but that’s kinda where it stops, so we’re trying to raise awareness to continue that support.”He also hopes to raise a like money amount based on the mileage.As for the aforementioned difficulty of a solo ride, which the public can follow on the Foundation’s Facebook page:  “Part of my goal is to suffer metaphorically with people who suffer from PTSD.  They struggle everyday, so for me to struggle along the ride I thought would be a great idea.And then, Thomas Pittman was off on his month-long ride, appropriately titled, “Ride Into The Light.” Updated: 9:43 AM Ed Lenderman center_img Posted: January 1, 2019 Cross country ride honors fallen firefighter Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more