Muddy Angels Honored Locally During National EMS Memorial Bike Ride

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The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR) honors EMS personnel through long distance cycling events that take place across the nation from May through September. The midwest portion began on June 25 when nearly 20 participants departed on a 6-day journey through Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.


The rides celebrate those who serve as well as those who became injured or died during the line of duty. In the midwest, 75 EMS members were honored for their service, as well as six members who lost their lives, including:

  • Steven W. Werner – Paramount Ambulance, IA
  • Rico Caruso – Spirit Ascension, WI
  • Klint Mitchell – Spirit Ascension, WI
  • Greg Rosenthal – Spirit Ascension, WI
  • Jaun Bucio – Chicago Fire, IL
  • Chris Kaldenberg – Allina Ambulance, MN

During a June 28 luncheon sponsored by UW Med Flight and hosted at Madison Fire Station #4, located across from Camp Randall Stadium, a bell ceremony was held to acknowledge the names of all 2018 Honorees.

"This is not about us. It's about the first responders that we lost and it's about raising awareness and getting money for a memorial because this is the one area of public safety that doesn't have a memorial in our nation's capital," says Keith Wesley, MD, and 2018 NEMSMBR participant.


Throughout the country, NEMSMBR participants recognize and memorialize honorees through a variety of ways, including:

  • Reading the names of the honorees each day at memorial services;
  • Carrying dog tags and biographical information of honorees throughout events, either while cycling or performing various logistical support roles;
  • Sharing dog tags with family — or colleagues — of the honorees during the route, or upon conclusion of the event;
  • Sharing with one another the unique qualities and details of each honoree’s accomplishments and sacrifices to the profession; and
  • Displaying biographical information publicly in a “traveling temporary monument” in cities across the country.

UW Med Flight thanks those who supported and participated in the midwest route. The journey is long and hard. We humbly honor those who left an impact on their community.

To learn more about the mission or request that a person be recognized, please visit