Firefighter visits Wichita in bicycle ride to Miami to save lives

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WICHITA, Kansas – A Wisconsin firefighter is making a grueling, 6,000 mile bike trek from Seattle, Washington to Miami, Florida, in hopes of raising money for a good cause.

Chris Rupp, a 25-year old firefighter, arrived at Wichita Fire Station 1 on Sunday evening.

This stop marks over 3,000 miles of a bicycle trip he plans to make across the country.

Rupp is raising money and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Through the many cities he’s visited during his trek across the country, he’s also granted some wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.

“The most profound [wish] was in Santa Maria, there is a 16-year-old young boy with cerebral palsy,” said Rupp. “His wish was to have a wheelchair accessible van and so we did a big thing at the [fire] station.”

Rupp says he hopes to raise $100,000 for Make-A-Wish.

His next stop will be Fredonia, Kansas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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