Santa Monica firefighters hosted a group of fellow firefighters from New Mexico Wednesday, August 5th at the end of their motorcycle tour of the historic Route 66 that raised funds for the families of fallen firefighters.

Firefighters from Farmington, New Mexico and others who joined them along Route 66 arrived on their motorcycles at Santa Monica Fire Station 5, 2450 Ashland Ave., for a dinner and check presentation. Some Santa Monica firefighters met up with the riders at the Rose Bowl to join them as they finished their journey to the ocean.

The New Mexico firefighters toured Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, stopping along the way to visit 20 fire stations and meet with fellow fire departments as part of an effort to raise funds for the International Association of Fire Fighters Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation. The association assists families after a loved one has been killed in the line of duty.

Kipp Rix, the Farmington, New Mexico firefighter who organized this event, spent the last year working on a fire house cookbook “Farmington Favorites.” The event raised money through sales of the cookbook and from money donated by riders.

At each fire station the motorcycle riders visited, they treated the fire crews and invited guests to a meal made from recipes from the cookbook and cooked by Rix and the rest of the tour group.

While Rix and his crew provided the main course at the August 5th dinner, Santa Monica firefighters cooked side dishes for the meal and were pleased to take part in the cause, department firefighter/paramedic Javier Marquez said.

“We think it’s an important, worthy cause,” Marquez said of the Route 66 ride. “We’re always looking for the opportunity for good causes that involve local residents and organizations.”

The Santa Monica Fire Department presented the group with a $500 check at the dinner and the American Red Cross Santa Monica chapter contributed a check for $100.

The Red Cross of Santa Monica assisted the visiting firefighters with accommodations provided through the Santa Monica/Pico Travelodge.