Capturing the Beauty of Everyday | Photography By Tom Reese | © 2017| All Rights Are Reserved
In the summer of 2001, Firefighter Gerard Baptiste, FDNY Ladder Company 9, purchased a battered 1979 Honda Motorcycle. Gerard believed that he could restore it. His fellow firefighters joked it would take time & money just to start the engine. Following Gerard's death in the North Tower on 9/11, The broken down motorcycle remained at the firehouse until a memorial tribute in Backroads magazine inspired Baptiste's colleagues to restore the bike in his memory. Surviving members of Ladder Company 9, with support from American Honda transformed the motorcycle into a "bike of healing" known as the Dream Bike. Ten roses painted on the cover of it's gas tank symbolise the firefighters of Ladder Company 9 and Engine Company 33 who were killed on September 11.
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