9/11 Las Vegas Motorcycle Ride to Commemorate Dr. Michael Everett Brown and FDNY Capt. Patrick Brown
To Benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation
Las Vegas, NV – Dr. Michael Everett Brown was a hero in his own right—an admired ER physician at Las Vegas Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, a former FDNY Firefighter, a loving husband to a wife lost prematurely to cancer, and a member of the Las Vegas Task Force One Urban Search & Rescue Team. In addition, he was an author of a poignant book, What Brothers Do, about his search for his heroic brother, Capt. Patrick Brown, the most decorated FDNY member in history, lost in the terrorist attack of 9/11. Mike Brown was also a biker who loved to escape on his Harley with friends, letting the wind in his face, erase the pain of his losses. The same disease that took his wife’s life, last year took Michael Brown’s life—cancer he contracted digging through the aftermath of 9/11, searching for his brother.
To commemorate and celebrate Michael Brown’s memory, Mike’s Memorial Ride was created by close friend and colleague Bob Allder of Las Vegas, a respiratory therapist. Together with new friend Mike Tomko, a retired firefighter and other volunteers, Allder plans a fund and awareness-raising motorcycle run on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers where his friend Michael went to dig through the rubble in search of his brother, Patrick. His last words are commemorated at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, in an exhibit of his demolished fire truck, in a recording that says, “This is Ladder 3, we’re going up.”
Hogs & Heifers Saloon, located on the block at 201 North 3rd Street, Downtown Las Vegas has generously offered to assist with registration, both in advance, via their website and on the day of the ride. Registration on the day of, will start at 10 AM with kickstands up at noon. The contribution for riders is $20; $10 for passengers. All collected funds will benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Michael Brown’s chosen beneficiary of his book’s proceeds. For those who would like to donate in Michael’s name, visit https://dogood.t2t.org/campaign/mikes-memorial-ride/c351769
The ride-route is in process and is planned to end at Downtown 3rd Street, which is also the intended final destination for the 9/11 Patriot Day Parade. This is the street where each year, Vegas Fire & Rescue welcomes firefighters, police, friends, and family from all over the country and gathers to commemorate the 9/11 anniversary and share memories over a meal or drink at the venues on the block.
“We wanted to do something to honor Mike for all he has done for our community, for his brother and all those who suffered heavy losses in the 9/11 attacks,” said Allder, “This event will do both—we’ll celebrate Michael and raise funds for his favorite charity that helps other first responders.”
“Mike and Paddy were characters larger than life. Both were legends in the life of their respective fields. Always having a smile on their faces, both are sorely missed,” says Tomko. “After years of mourning those lost on 9/11, it is now time for fundraising for awareness. Awareness of what firefighters, police and veterans go through–the mental and physical anguish. Both Mike and Paddy would have wanted that. Now we begin that challenge. We owe it to those lost and to our children. Yes, we must never forget 9/11, but we need to teach awareness of what our heroes go through,” he adds.
All registration for the ride will be done online at www.hogsandheifersvegas.com and on-site at Hogs & Heifers Saloon, Las Vegas on the day of the event.
Supporters can also help by purchasing the book, What Brothers Do as proceeds of the book benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Books are available through the website, www.WhatBrothersDo.com, and are the perfect gift for anyone touched by the 9/11 attacks. Or donate directly to Tunnel to Towers at www.T2T.org.
About The Tunnel to Towers Foundation
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is dedicated to honoring the sacrifice of FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. For 20 years the Foundation has supported our nation’s first responders, veterans, and their families by providing these heroes and the families they leave behind with mortgage-free homes. For more about the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its commitment to DO GOOD, please visit T2T.org. Follow Tunnel to Towers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @Tunnel2Towers.
About Dr. Michael Everett Brown:
Though he did not find his brother, Michael Brown found that the camaraderie and love of the surviving FDNY brotherhood helped him through the process of grief as he learned the depth of his colleagues and community’s love for the man who led an exemplary life in service of his country, his city, and his fellow firefighters.
The book What Brothers Do was published by Virtual Book Worm ten years after 9/11. After losing his brother to the evils of terrorism, he lost his wife and “Warrior,” Janet, to a battle with breast cancer.
More than 410,000 people were estimated to have been exposed to the myriad of toxic chemicals released during the 9/11 attack, and in 2020, he succumbed to his own battle with prostate and bone cancer, resulting from his rescue work at the toxic 9/11 Ground Zero site.
Buying the book is an ideal gift for anyone touched by 9/11. Proceeds go to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation
What Brothers Do pulls readers not just through the trenches and ashes of Ground Zero after the fall of the Twin Towers, it draws us through the broken heart of Michael Brown, a brother who feels the loos, dread, fear–and hope–of finding his brother, Captain Patrick Brown, alive.
“Paddy” Brown would surely survive–he was an FDNY superman–not even the devastation of the 9/11 terrorist attack would stop him! Could his heroism rise above evil?
Keeping the memory of Captain Patrick Brown–a true American hero and U.S. Marine–alive is Michael Brown’s quest. Paddy Brown was loved, revered, and respected by everyone who felt his strength, sincerity, and sense of purpose. His story, as experienced by his brother, brings life not just to his memory, but also to his irrefutable spirit as a man—one of 343 firefighters and hundreds of first responders–who lived to serve and protect, yet perished, trying to save the lives of thousands of fellow New Yorkers.
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