Lieutenant Jason Czora of the Buffalo Fire Department was escorted back to his home fire station on Jefferson Avenue, Monday. Czora rode his bicycle 1,600 miles from Colorado Springs, Colorado, home of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial. He made the journey by himself.
“I had 23 flat tires. I broke seven spokes and two chains,” said Czora.
The firefighter raised more than $12,000 for the Stephen Siller Foundation. Siller was killed at the World Trade Center, 16 years ago. The foundation assists families of first responders.
Every time Czora wanted to quit, he thought of an injured or fallen first responder who can't even ride a bike.
Czora's ride began in August, but wasn't scheduled to finish on Monday.
“I gave up my day off so I could just get home and that got me home 9/11,” explained Czora. “To be able to get home on that day and spend it with my brothers, my family it's just very special.”