‘Ride ‘n Rally’ at the Zoo Another Fur-tastically Fun Event

By: Stephanie Stanley

The Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club Station 6 once again came through with a generous donation for the UPMC Mercy Burn Center, a contribution of $8,250. The money benefits pediatric patients by providing state-of-the-art equipment to the burn center to assist in the pediatric patient care, and assist them with necessary wound care supplies after discharge from the hospital, which may not be covered by insurance carriers.

A portion of the funds supported this year’s “Ride ‘n Rally” celebration for pediatric burn patients, their families, hospital staff and Fire and Iron members at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Families, patients and club members spent the day exploring the zoo and some had a close encounter with the super-soft chinchilla. The annual zoo picnic celebrates the patient’s survival and the club’s generosity.

“The club members define what charity really is,” said Dr. Jenny Ziembicki, medical director of the burn center. “They raise money for people who need it. They don’t do it for recognition. It’s the true definition of selflessness and caring.”

The Pittsburgh “Station 6” of the Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club began in 2002. The organization is composed of firefighters, their friends and families.

“This year, more than 400 people came out to support our two main events, raising the funds that make the donation possible,” said Ernie Daum, president of Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club Station 6.

The club routinely participates in charity work, bonding over their shared interest of bettering the community by helping those who need it most. The Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club raises money by hosting a Valentine’s Day dance in February, and a motorcycle run in the summer. Over the past five years, they have raised nearly $60,000 for the UPMC Mercy Burn Center.