Victoria Firefighters ‘Team Doug’ set to hit the road in fight against cancer

Victoria Firefighters 'Team Doug' set to hit the road in fight against cancer

This Saturday, many cyclists will be hitting the road in Vancouver for Seattle in the ninth annual Ride to Conquer Cancer. Among the riders embarking on the 200-kilometre trek are Victoria Firefighters on “Team Doug.” Andy Neal has more. 

Victoria firefighters are among the many who will set out Saturday for the two-day Ride to Conquer Cancer that will take riders to Seattle.

Team Doug is riding for retired Fire Chief Doug Angrove, who died in May of brain cancer.

Twenty-three members of the Victoria fire department, about 20 per cent of the force, are taking part in what is B.C.’s largest cycling fundraiser.

“I was hoping for ten, but I thought realistically probably five,” Team Captain Rich Fryer said.

“So I’m blown away with 20 guys, it’s pretty crazy actually.”

“Took me about two seconds to say ‘yeah, sounded like a great idea’, and I fully supported him,” Victoria Fire Engineer Todd Thompson said.

“I thought it was a great way to connect with the community and raise some funds.”

“Doug was a great human being,” Chief Vince Cullen said. He was a fantastic fire chief, a great athlete, I played a little bit of hockey with him. He was a fair man and easy guy to follow. He was an inspiration for me and many others that are here.”

So far, Team Doug has raised close to $105,000 for cancer research. If you would like to donate, go to and search Victoria Firefighters.

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