It’s an exciting time of year for Tomahawk. Two weekends in a row, the citizenry open up this community to first welcome hundreds of fire and rescue students and instructors from around the country during the Tomahawk Fire and Rescue School, and then again the following weekend, this time for tens of thousands of bikers as the Tomahawk Fall Ride for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) gets underway.
This past weekend, firefighters and emergency service personnel were seen in action at the 20th annual Tomahawk Fire and Rescue School, which emphasizes two days of intense, classroom and hands-on training. Instruction features a variety of subjects and offers the most up-to-date information and techniques. It’s a rare opportunity for a city to see and shake the hands of hundreds of men and women who risk their lives to better protect their communities, and one that is highly regarded on the parts of participants and the instructors alike. Two instructors from New York City even missed the opportunity to be at home on the morning of Sept. 11, the fifth anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. It is heart-warming and inspiring that these firefighters took the time to teach others during this emotional time. It is a display that shows the true dedication of these instructors.
As the latter part of this week approaches, more and more motorcycles will be rolling into town. They are here for the 25th anniversary of the Tomahawk Fall Ride, a time for riding, camaraderie and lending a hand to families struggling with muscular dystrophy. The Ride incorporates not just bikers, but the entire community: Local businesses are impacted by the increased traffic, school children learn the importance of motorcycle safety from State Patrol troopers and Harley-Davidson employees, visually-impaired are given motorcycle rides by the Harley Owners Group at the Thunder Parade and local MDA families benefit from the money raised during this four-day rally.
Neither of these events comes without a lot of support and work on behalf of the community. As we roll out the welcome mat for these great events, be sure to thank the local hands behind all the effort.