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Cyclist peddles for 9-11 charity awareness

Traveling down dusty roads and dodging cars on busy interstatesand highways, a Kentucky cyclist is making his way across all 50states to raise awareness for 9-11 charities.

Don Boehly, 50, stopped to spend Saturday night at theBrookhaven Fire Department’s central station. He has cycled 15,302miles in support of heroes who have fallen in the line of duty,including law enforcement, firefighters and troops in Iraq.

“This station is the 167th one I have spent the night at,”Boehly said. He has visited over 800 police and fire stationsduring his tour, which has taken him across 32 states.

The tour is also to show appreciation to different privateorganizations that reach out to individuals and families who havelost loved ones.

“It takes incredible courage to be a police officer,firefighter, or one of our troops in Iraq,” Boehly said, “They gothrough a lot of training and have to keep good health for whatthey do.”

Boehly will finish his tour when he arrives at Ground Zero inNew York City on Sept. 9. There he will donate his bicycle to theFire Department of New York.

When he finishes the tour, Boehly also plans to write a book,entitled “Failure Is Not An Option,” about 9-11 and his trip on theroad. he said proceeds from the book will also go to charities.

“We think it’s something what he’s doing and it takes a verydedicated person to do that, ” said Capt. James Dykes of theBrookhaven Fire Department.

Boehly left the fire station at daybreak Sunday on his way tohis next stop in Natchez. He has had 2,000 sponsors throughout hisjourney who have helped him with hotels and motels as well as cycleshops that have donated parts.

Boehly made other tours in 2001. The first was a tour sponsoredby Nino’s Restaurant and the second was for the Police BenevolentAssociation Children and Widows Fund.

Although he does not accepts cash donations, Boehly has a Website linking Internet sites of charities for firefighters, policeand military personnel.

To learn more about his tour or the charities affiliated withhis cause, log on to Boehly’s official Web site atwww.9-11usa.com.