Police and Fire Ride for Fallen Heroes Fund

BELVIDERE, Ill.--It wasn't exactly your typical Sunday drive, but more than 300 motorcyclists gathered at the Boone County Fairgrounds for a weekend cause.


"Motorcyclists in particular, they are the type of people," said John Eau Clair, Vice President of the Steel Pigs motorcycle club.


"They are very caring, very giving. When they get a chance to come together and to celebrate something and to participate, and show their support, they're going to do it."


That support is lending a hand to families who've lost a loved one in the line of duty.


"This fund that we're putting together today is for that immediate need," said Scott Tripp, President of Fire and Iron Station 53. "To help them, whether it's something as simple as groceries."


It can be a chaotic time for families and Clair says it's personal no matter whom it is.


"Regardless of if it were now or 40 years ago, 50 years ago whenever it was, it was still someone that was out there, protecting the people of our community and paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Eau Clair.


That's a gesture that current and former public safety officials, like Steve Randall, appreciate.


"Means a lot to me. Once a police officer always a police officer," said Randall, a retired police officer. "They put their life on the line every day."


"We have friends in both fire and police," said Kevin Ogden, President of Steel Pigs. "Both ways we work together. We work together in the community. we see each other and came together for putting an event together and planning this out.


On a beautiful day, the question is who wouldn't want to come out for a Sunday ride? Organizers were thrilled by the turnout.


"The amount of bikes I see here with all the help," said Tripp.  


"Just a wonderful day."

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