Ever heard of the FDNY Dream Bike? The 1979 Honda CB750 LTD belonged to FDNY Firefighter Gerard Baptiste, FDNY badge #782 from Ladder 9, who bought the old, non-running bike just two weeks before 9-11-01. He had aimed to restore it and ride it. After his murder, in his honor and memory, firefighters along with a large group of others took about a year to make the classic motorcycle better than new. It was painted in a deep fire engine red and white color scheme, with FDNY insignia and a special tattoo-style image on the top of the fuel tank, the bike is a brightly polished and chromed rolling tribute to Baptiste and all who sacrificed on 9-11. To learn more, google “FDNY Dream Bike”.
We are passing this along because of an e-mail that was passed along to us from his Father. If you are in the NYC area-perhaps you can attend and join Firefighter Baptiste’s family and friends next Wednesday. Here is the message from his Dad:
“Dear Friends: Three months ago, the NYC Medical Examiner’s Office identified the remains of my Son Gerard Baptiste, FDNY. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, Sept 7 at 10 in the morning, at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. I would wish you put a note in your website, asking the victims’ families and friends to accompany us by their presence in this very sad circumstance. Thank you very much, Gerard Jean Baptiste”
The Secret List 8-30-05