The 2012 LODD Motorcycle was a success again this year. On Saturday June 23, 2012 the Red Knights escorted the family of fallen fire fighter Gary Staley from Magnolia VFD, station 181 to Cy-Fair Station 11 for a wreath laying ceremony in his honor. When we arrived at Cy-Fair 11, we were greeted by over 200 motorcycles who were registering for the ride. After registration and a wonderful breakfast served by the Cy-Fair Fire Department, we attended the wreath laying ceremony to honor Gary Staley.
The ride left Cy-Fair at 10:30am led by the Red Knights with the help of 4 marked emergency vehicles. We would like to thank the Tomball Fire Marshall and the League City Fire Department for helping us with the escort. We led the ride through the scenic back roads of Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, Brazoria, and Galveston Counties. About half way through the ride, we took a break at the Cottonwood Travel Center in Rosenberg where everyone was able to cool off and grab a drink. After leaving Rosenberg, we headed for the Galveston County Fairgrounds. We arrived at the fairgrounds around 2:20pm and were served BBQ sandwiches, chips and cold drinks. There were several live bands, the cook-off, a cornhole(bean bag) tournament, a bike show and plenty of other things to do while we were there.
Overall, it was a great event and everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you to all the Red Knights who helped and to Wendy for allowing us to be part of your organization.
Red Knights MC 3 & 4 Donates to the Texas LODD Task Force
The Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force has been honored to have a partnership and friendship with several chapters of the Texas Red Knights Motorcycle Clubs. Their support by hosting charity rides in our honor, providing support services for our Memorial Ride & Cook-Off, and just being a supporter has been invaluable to the mission of our organization.
In December 2011, MC#4 donated the proceeds they had collected from their first successful dart run to the Task Force’s response team. The response team is a vital part of the program and finances are needed to help with the transportation and travel fees of response members. Every member of the Texas LODD Task Force is a volunteer. There is not one paid staff member. In order to help these volunteers help fulfill our mission in caring for survivors at their time of need, it is essential to help cover their travel costs. The Dart Run was able to put more funds into that particular program.
On March 3, 2012, MC #3 once again came through and donated a check to be used for the 1st Annual Texas Fallen Heroes Family Retreat which will be held June 1-3, 2012. This event will bring together survivors to help them connect with one another and to provide an outlet of healing, fellowship, and friendship. This will be a big endeavor for our organization, and so this donation will be a big help. The Red Knights MC 3 hosted their annual Flashover Ride in the fall of 2011 in order to provide this very special donation.
Once again, we are thankful and honored to be the recipient of both of these chapter’s charitable endeavors. It’s truly humbling and a blessing to us. Thank you Texas Red Knights, especially MC #3 & #4.
DAVID'S HALO IS OFF! I recieved a message from David and Mary. They are so happy. It still shows the fractures and C1 fused to C2 which they were hoping that it wouldn't. Doctor said that it was a chance it would happen. He has to wear the neck brace for I think he said 6 weeks and back for another CT and xrays. Thanks to all his friends that kept him in our prayers! ! ! Thanks