Hurley and Huddleston honored in National Bike Ride

Eureka Herald – August 8, 2018
Submitted by Newz Group – August 17, 2018

Two local heroes were honored last week, following a National EMS Memorial Bike Ride along the east coast. The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride honors Emergency Medical Services personnel by organizing and implementing long distance cycling events that memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who serve everyday, those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty. Over 100 riders rode 512 miles in seven days, from Boston to Washington DC.

Each rider honored a fallen EMS member by wearing two dog tags engraved with their names. Following the bike ride, one of the dog tags is presented to the honoree’s loved ones. The rider keeps the second dog tag and continues to wear it in future rides. A presentation took place in Wichita last Thursday, August 2, where five Kansas EMS members were honored, two with ties to Greenwood County.

Danny Hurley was among those honored this year. Danny passed away in May 2017 at the age of 45 due to a heart attack. He volunteered with Greenwood County Central Division Fire Department, serving as chief since 2011. He volunteered over 17 years with the county. He volunteered with the Eureka City Fire Department in 2000 and started as a First Responder in 2002. Danny’s dog tag was presented to his wife Debi. Jaime McHugh, Sedgwick County EMS, nominated Danny for the honor.

Craig Huddleston was also honored during the presentation. Craig passed away in October 2017 at the age of 47 due to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Craig lived in Eureka with his family and served as a paramedic for over 25 years for various EMS services in Kansas. His most recent position was a shift supervisor at Coffey County EMS. Craig’s dog tag was presented to his wife Donna, who attended with Family. Matt Luder nominated Craig for the honor.

Other Kansas EMS members honored included Casey Cummings, U.S. Army/Via Christi Hospitals; Pamela Landers, Sedgwick County EMS; and Danielle McNaught, Miller EMS.

For more information about the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, visit


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