Local firefighter Scott Dakus biked 343 miles yesterday and today at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to commemorate the 343 firefighters who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The 24-hour memorial ride began at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, and ended on the morning of Sept. 11. Dakus took to the Bullring's 3/8-mile track and rode more than 1,000 laps throughout the day and night.

"I was very excided about riding at the Bullring because it enabled many more people to come out and participate in the event," said Dakus. "I do this ride every year simply to remember the firemen who died that day and this year was a great success."

After his day-long ride on the Bullring track, Dakus was joined by local firefighters, cyclists and supporters for the last miles of the race. The ride ended at Palm Mortuary where 3,000 flags were placed on display in memory of those who lost their lives in 2001.

Dakus, a member of the City of Henderson fire department, has been riding the 343 miles on Sept. 11 for four years. Each year, he raises money to benefit the children of Las Vegas.

For more information, contact Scott Dakus at (702)-497-8565.