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The Howard County Police Department and Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services are hosting a motorcycle ride, the 2nd Annual Riding With The Heroes to benefit Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). These organizations have a tremendous impact in our local community as well as the public safety community. Grassroots serves our community with crisis intervention hotline programs, walk-in counseling, the Mobile Crisis Team, Day Resource Center, Homeless Shelter and much more. ICISF trains individuals in critical incident stress management and this training is the basis for our Critical Incident Stress Management Teams here in Howard County and around the world that respond to crisis situations and disasters, aiding our public safety employees in the aftermath. These are very worthy non-profit organizations that need our help to continue to grow and expand their services.

Last year’s event was such an outstanding success we want to build on that and enhance the rider experience even more! This year’s “Riding with the Heroes”, will be held on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Howard County Public Safety Training Center hosted by the Howard County Police Department and the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. On-site registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the ride will commence at 9:30 a.m. The ride will be a scenic 65 mile rural tour themed “Main Street Maryland” that includes traveling through the historic Main Streets of Sykesville, Westminster, Manchester and Hampstead. The ride will be ceremonially escorted by Howard County Police motors. Upon return to the Training Center, all participants will receive a great lunch provided by our Official Hospitality Hosts, Mission BBQ. Our event is also being supported by the Blue Knights, Iron Shields, the Red Knights and the American Legion Riders. We are also honored to have quite a few members of the Wounded Warrior Project participating with us!