100 mile bike ride for injured vets, first responders

COVENTRY, Conn. (WTNH)– A Coventry man is a on a mission to make sure injured veterans and first responders in Connecticut get the help they need. He’s off on a one hundred mile bike ride to bring awareness to his cause.

Micah Welintukonis of Coventry served in Afghanistan. He knows what it’s like when the unexpected happens.

“Two years ago, I was shot and then hit by a suicide bomber while deployed in Afghanistan. Put me in a coma for a couple of weeks. My wife was pregnant at the time,” said Welintukonis.

Welintukonis has since started an organization called “In the Line of Duty.” It’s aimed at helping injured veterans and first responders and their families.

“I mean we’re all cut from the same cloth and a lot of us risk our lives. You know, firefighters running into a burning building, police officers, someone dials 911 and they are put in crazy situations risking their lives trying to help people,” said Welintukonis.

You can say he’s peddling for a purpose. He began the ride Wednesday.

News 8 was with him Thursday as he kicked off leg number 2 from Windsor Locks to Meriden. Whether he’s alone on the road, or with others, it’s all about spreading awareness and raising money.

“We have a fund line with the Connecticut AM vets and that sits there and if one of the first responders gets hurt hopefully we can give a $500 or $1000 via gift card to one of the injured,” said Welintukonis.

The final leg of the ride will take place Friday and is open to anyone who wants to take part. It will start at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden and end at Long Wharf in New Haven.

For more information, go to www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/k652/walkforwoundedwarriorsvets.

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