On Monday October 28th Police Officers from around the area met at Tucson Harley Davidson for a Memorial Ride for our Fallen TPD Police Officers. After a short ride briefing by Carl Lewis 22 bikes, 28 people and one chase vehicle, along with Stan T., Twan V., Chuck F., and yours truly headed off west on I-10 to Twin Peaks, east on Tangerine, then north on Oracle. After a short stop in Winkleman for fuel and a break we continued north to US-60 to Globe, left to Irene’s Real Mexican Food. After a nice lunch and chat time with friends we all headed in our separate directions back to Tucson. Twan, Chuck, myself, and three TPD officer continued west through Miami, and Superior back down US 177 back to Winkleman. We stopped there again for a short break, then south on Oracle to our respective homes. Here are some photos of the days ride.
On Saturday October 20th Frank B., and I rode in the Arizona Fallen Hero Memorial Ride (C.O.P.S). We started at the Desert Diamond Casino. Our first stop was at the Memorial for Officer John Walker, Badge # 150, who was killed on November 30, 1979. A reading was given surrounding the circumstances of his death by a Chaplain and a wreath was laid on his Marker. Next were the Markers of one of our Founding Members of the Blue Knights AZ IX Chapter, John Blaser, Badge # 2916, and David Gabrielli, Badge # 1231, who were killed on August 31st 1990. At the same location was the Marker for Juan Cruz Badge # 3111. A reading was given surrounding the circumstances of his death by a Chaplain and a wreath was laid on their Markers. Our next stop was at the Marker for Ed Rebel Badge # 233 who was killed on June 28, 1988. A reading was given surrounding the circumstances of his death by a Chaplain and a wreath was laid on his Marker. Our next stop was at the Markers for Officers Thomas McNeff, Badge # 1798, and Richard Stratman Badge # 1622, who were killed on October 9, 1983. A reading was given surrounding the circumstances of his death by a Chaplain and a wreath was laid on their Markers. Then we returned to Tucson Harley Davidson on Ina Rd where we waited for other rides from Nogales and Yuma to return.
Here are a few pictures from the Event.
The Hired Guns Motorcycle Club, Arizona Chapter, has scheduled Saturday, May 6, 2017, to be the 6th anniversary of the Brian A. Terry Memorial Ride. This year, all proceeds will go to the family of fallen Border Patrol Agent Manuel Alvarez, and the Brian Terry Foundation. Please start requesting the date off now in BPETS so you can come out and participate in this great cause. Also, we will be attempting to raise money in the form of a gun raffle where the winner gets choice. See the flyers below for details, and if you’re interested in buying some tickets, stop me in the halls or text my cell. I hope to see you all there. Thanks.
P.S. If you can’t make it, but would still like to help, please visit www.HiredGunsMCAZ.com and register to be a “rider.”
The address for Cochise Motorsports is actually 1100 Avenida Cochise in Sierra Vista.
Well it is that time of year again our Buster Hummel Memorial Run aka Palm Spring Ride is upon us. Save the dates, February 10 -12, 2017 for our ride over to Palm Springs. If you have never been to Palm Springs or to our annual ride you don’t know what you are missing. Below is all of the information so make your reservations now. You can always cancel them later if you decide not to go. There may be only a limited number of rooms so don’t delay.
2017 BUSTER HUMMEL MEMORIAL RUN
FEBRUARY 10—12, 2017 – PALM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA
THE QUALITY INN PALM SPRINGS
1269 E. PALM CANYON DRIVE
PALM SPRINGS, CA 92264
BLUE KNIGHTS RATE: $109.00 PLUS 14.75% HOTEL TAX
ROOMS STILL AVAILABLE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH
ARRIVAL AND FREE DAY
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH
MORNING – RIDE TO BE DETERMINED
FREE TIME, SHOPPING IN PALM SPRINGS/LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
EVENING—GROUP DINNER AT 6:30 PM
1800 PALM CANYON DRIVE, PALM SPRINGS
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH
SAY OUR GOODBYES AND DEPART FOR HOME
MORNING—BREAKFAST AT ELMERS, 0730 TO 0830
1030 E PALM CANYON DRIVE, PALM SPRINGS
August 31, 2015, marked the 25th Anniversary Memorial Remembrance at DPS District 8 of the deaths of DPS Officers Sergeant John M. Blaser and Officer David G. Gabrielli. There were officers from around the state in attendance. Members from our chapter, John Howe, Steve Mathews, Bruce Distler, Barry (Bear) & Robi Campbell, Terry, and John Chruscinski were there to support them as well as Jan Blaser – Upchurch who is a special honorary member of our chapter. Below is an article that was in the paper honoring these officers.
Here area few photos and a group photo with Jan Blaser – Upchurch.
On Saturday April 18th the IV Annual Brian Terry Memorial Ride was held in Tombstone. There was a large turnout of fellow LEO’s who came from as far as San Diego and San Clemente California.There were members from Legion Riders, VFW, Usual Suspects, Choir Boys, Hallowed Few, and Hired Guns and of course our Blue Knights AZ IX. Those from our chapter were Randy & Cindy Palmer, Dan Thrasher and yours truly. Larry Houghland was not able to ride but he did come to Tombstone.
The ride started and ended at the American Legion in Tombstone on Allen Street. First stop was Chosin Cycles in Huachuca City, Fraternal Order of Eagles in Benson, The Rock Saloon & Brill at the Triangle T Ranch in Draagon, VFW in Pearce, and finally back to Tombstone. Here are some pictures of the MANY motorcycles that were there.
The Missing in America Project Ride (MIAP) was on Saturday March 28th. We met at Adair Funeral home where we picked up 17 urns containing the ashes for WWI, Vietnam, Peace Time Vets, and one urn containing the remains of a spouse. We preceded to RV City in Huachuca City where we met many of bikers from there we went to the Veterans Cemetery for the formal Ceremony. Well over 100 motorcycles from PGR, ALR, VFW, CMA, Combat Vets to name just a few were in attendance. Larry Hougland, Dan Thrasher, Robert Perry and myself represented BKAZIX. The MIAP team has traveled to over 1700 funeral homes looking for unclaimed Veteran remains in hopes of returning them for proper burial. There are over 23,000 funeral homes in America. I have put a photo gallery on our Web Page under the “Photos” Tab.
The MIAP Veterans Recovery Program is having an Internment with Honors Ceremony on Saturday March 28th. The Muster time is at Adair Funeral Homer 1050 N. Dodge Blvd in Tucson. From there they will depart to 2095 N. Hwy 90, Huachuca City. Ultimately it will end at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery 1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail in Sierra Vista.
Below is a link to their Facebook Page.
The American Legion Post 24 is having the Annual Brian Terry Memorial Ride IV in honor of BPA Alexander Giannini on Saturday April 18th. Ride starts and ends at the American Legion Post 24 , 225 E. Allen Street Tombstone. Registration is from 9:30 – 11:00. Lead group out at 10:30. Meal begin @ 2:00 pm.