Today, Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Marine Corp veteran Toran Gaal hand-cycled into the Charlestown Navy Yard as part of Ride Across America. Gaal is a double amputee as a result of an IED strike during a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Gaal began his ride on June 1, 2015 in San Diego, CA and, after the outpouring of support he received during the 2014 Boston Marathon, he decided to stop in Boston on Day 52 of his ride across the country. The Boston Police Department coordinated a motorcycle patrol unit escort into the city, and Gaal was welcomed into Charlestown by two Boston Fire Ladders, the BPD City Wide Bicycle Unit, Bomb Squad, K-9 Unit, patrol officers, the Boston Police Patrolman’s Association food truck, Boston EMS, and Massachusetts State Police officers.
We hope Gaal enjoyed his ride through Boston, and the BPD was honored to have met and assisted him!