Forest Hills ambulance corps sponsors motorcycle run to honor colleague who died on 9/11

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The Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps (FHVAC) is honoring one of their own who selflessly gave his life on Sept. 11, 2001.

The FHVAC along with the Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club (LEMC) will be hosting a 9/11 15th Anniversary Motorcycle Run in memory of Richard Allen Pearlman, a Howard Beach native who served as an EMT with the FHVAC who gave his life on 9/11.


At just 18 years old, Pearlman — who worked as a messenger for a law firm — was the youngest person to die on the ground in the terrorist attacks.

On that fateful day, Pearlman was at One Police Plaza making a delivery for his law firm. When he heard of the attacks, he wasted little time and headed to the World Trade Center to help the victims. It was the last time he was seen alive.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, the first-ever “Run for Richie” motorcycle run will take place.

Check-in and registration for the run will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Resorts World Casino, located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in Ozone Park, with the run getting underway promptly at 1:30 p.m.

Riders will head down the Long Island Expressway to the Queensborough Bridge into Manhattan. Once in the city, riders will travel south on the FDR Drive, loop around the Freedom Tower, and will end back in Queens at the FHVAC center at 92-29 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills.

The entire ride will have a police escort.

The first 411 riders to register for the run will receive a free commemorative challenge coin. The number 411 represents the FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority Police and EMS members who lost their lives on 9/11.

Tickets for the run range from $25 for a solo rider, and $35 for a rider with a passenger. The event is rain or shine, and no refunds will be given due to inclement weather.

To learn more about the run and to purchase tickets, click here.

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