Harley-Davidson with an Act of Thanksgiving for Local Fire and Police

They rush to emergencies and face serious situations. 

But some Milwaukee first responders hopped on the ride that made Milwaukee famous Tuesday and tested out some of the latest Harley-Davidson motorcycles with some personalized instruction from the company's top executives.

"This is just a small gesture on behalf of Harley-Davidson to say thank you," said the founder's great grandson Bill Davidson. "Thank you to all of our first responders for what you do each and every day. You make our lives wonderful. Thank you very much." 

Harley has announced it will provide free training at its academy to any fire, police or ems worker starting in January through the end of next year.

They hosted a lunch at Milwaukee's first fire station and washed the trucks and motorcycles that Milwaukee Police officers have been riding for nearly 110 years.

"There is a longs standing saying in public safety," joked Police Chief Ed Flynn. "If you feed us we will come. I only have one caveat. You don't need to feed the firefighters. They have got the best food, the best cooks and most healthy eating in all of public safety."

The event was featured in "Our Stories with Michele" on the CBS 58 News at 4 p.m.

The regular feature gives extra attention to stories of the community to bring balance to the news of the day and give viewers a complete perspective of the place we call home.

"They show up every day and do put their lives on the line," added Fire Chief  Mark Rohlfing. "So we appreciate the gesture. We appreciate the thanks."

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