Local drivers honor first responders with ‘Back the Blue’ ride

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Local residents gathered Saturday to honor first responders by traveling from Kinston to Greenville.

Hundreds drove almost 30 miles to honor those we’ve lost.

90 Jeeps, Land Rovers, and trucks pulled out of Grainger Stadium Saturday morning at 10:30.

During the trip Pitt County Sheriff deputies helped block the roads as the convoy made their way.

Pitt County deputy and coordinator for the event, Christopher Syers said what started as just an idea turned into more than he could ever imagined, “A lot of the active law enforcement, fire and ems have four wheel drive vehicles, jeeps, land rovers. So the idea was thrown out to just put a large thank you ride or support ride together which we did today.”

He called it “Back the Blue.”

“It all came about when citizens approach, they don’t necessarily have businesses to say thank you so they said hey how can we do this,” said Syers.

The ride ended at AJ McMurphy’s in Greenville where raffle money went to a retired officer who is battling cancer.

After a brief prayer and moment of silence, riders enjoyed music and food.

Syers said the unexpected success means he wants to make this annual event.

 

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