'Brotherhood' ride honoring fallen police, firefighters in Horry and Florence counties

On Thursday and Friday, area law enforcement agencies and fire departments are hosting a group riding bicycles to raise awareness for those killed in the line of duty.

The group will ride their bikes around 500 miles from Raleigh, N.C. to Charleston, S.C.

Along the way, they will stop and honor seven families in the Carolinas who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.

The Carolina Brotherhood was escorted by the Loris Fire Department and Horry County Sheriff's Office as they rode their bikes through downtown Loris on Thursday.

All 30 cyclists rode in honor of Horry County Deputy Tim Causey and Loris Fire Department Assistant Chief Rodney Hardee, both of whom were killed in the line of duty, according to Jim Squittieri of the Carolina Brotherhood.

"They are very loving, caring people, and they don't even know me," said Hardee's widow Donnella.

"It's heartwarming to know that people are always thinking about him, because we are too and that gives us a bond," said Tim Causey's sister Gail.

Many participants say the brotherhood knows no bounds, and their mission is to give both financial and emotional help to keep the memories of these men alive.

"We just want to let their families know that they're not forgotten, and they'll continue to be remembered," said Bingham Hefner of the Carolina Brotherhood.

The group will stop for the night in Loris and continue their ride Friday morning, Squittieri said.

Their ride Friday will take them through Florence County, where the riders will participate in a ceremony to honor Florence County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Antwine, according to a release from Florence police.

The ceremony will take place around 3 p.m. at the Lake City Fire Department. After the ceremony, the riders will spend the night at the Lake City Fire Department, and then continue their trek to honor fallen officers in Charleston on Saturday.

Antwine died on November 29, 2013 from injuries sustained while responding to an emergency call near Pamplico.

Causey died due to complications after working the fire at the Windsor Green community in March of 2013.

Hardee died a few days after he became ill after responding to a late night fire call in July of 2013.

The public is invited to come out and line the streets as the Carolina Brotherhood rides through Horry and Florence.

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