On Friday 9/16/22 the Elks Lodge # 385 had their yearly POW-MIA Memorial Services. This is held every year on the 3rd Friday in September @ EVERY Elks Lodge in the United States to honor those who never made it home. Here are a few pictures from this years ceremonies.
On Wednesday September 7th 15 riders met at Viv’s Café on Catalina Highway for breakfast and a ride up Mt. Lemmon to Sky Valley to honor fallen Officer Robert Cummins. Those from BKAZIX were Alan Stewart, Susan Wagner, new Member Brad Atkinson & his wife Marcia, and your truly. During breakfast we heard “Someone’s bike just fell over.” We got up and looked and sure enough Alan Stewart’s BMW was on its side. Apparently a P/U who was parked next to him cut to soon when backing out and clipped Alan’s bike. It scraped his crash bars, pushed bar into the engine block and dented it, only with a few other things. After getting all of the information Alan returned to finish breakfast. Once breakfast was over 11 bikes with 13 riders headed up Catalina Highway for Ski Valley. Once at the top we pulled into the parking lot of the Iron Door and chatted for awhile. We looked at the damage done to Alan’s bike along with normal bike talk. It was a balmy 70 degree at the top of Mt. Lemmon. One by one people slowly broke up and rode back home. When I got to the bottom of Catalina highway the temperature was 95. By the time I made it back to the NW Side of Tucson it was 102. All in all it was a great day for a ride to honor Officer Robert Cummins. Below are the pictures of the days activities.
On Tuesday July 26th Carl, Tony, Jill, Jim, Mike, Lee, and yours truly had a ride for Officer William Katzenstein who died on this date in 1902. Here are some statistics from his fateful date.
On July 26, 1902, the Tucson Fire Department lost its first member in the line of duty. Between 11:00 pm and midnight there was a fire in a store on South Meyer Avenue, near Broadway Boulevard. Officer William Katzenstein was on patrol nearby when he heard the alarm alerting the citizens of fire. He rushed to the scene, as did hundreds of other people. Officer Katzenstein had to physically prevent people from taking objects from the store and kept them back from the fire. Officer Katzenstein was also the Assistant Fire Chief, so he went to the “Occidental” and removed his gun and left it with the clerk. He then went to the corner of Broadway and Meyer and began opening the fireplug. It was at this time that Theodoro Elias moved up behind Officer Katzenstein. Elias had been stalking the officer for some time because he had arrested his friend some five weeks earlier.
Just a few hours before the fire, Elias had wagered with several of his companions that Katzenstein would be dead before midnight. Elias saw that Officer Katzenstein had removed his gun and Elias fired two shots. The first shot hit Officer Katzenstein in the ear and dazed him. He fell to the ground, but got back up. He had no weapon to defend himself and Elias fired again, striking Katzenstein just beneath the right eye. He fell to the ground and died in the arms of a doctor who was only ten feet away when the shots were fired. Elias was pursued from the scene and captured on the steps of the courthouse.
Officer Katzenstein was an officer with the Tucson Police Department for two years and a member of the Tucson Volunteer Fire Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.
On Saturday May 14th friends, family, and members of various Law Enforcement Organizations around Arizona met @ Basha’s in Oro Valley for our yearly Tribute Ride for Stan & Mike. While many more people met @ Basha’s Joel Olson, Al Lara, Steve Empey, Bill Calkins, Ken McCoy, Carl & Vicki Lewis, Chet Gaudy, Lee Souter, Tom Maxwell, Scott Broyles John Figueroa, Jay Dykeman, Patti Thibaut, Jim Heorick, Tony Daykin and yours truly left Basha’s heading to Globe and Irene’s Mexican Restaurant in Globe. Carl Lewis led the group up 77 to Rte. 60 where we made our way into Globe and Irene’s Restaurant. After a wonderful lunch and comradery with fellow friends & family everyone headed home either back the way we came or down 79 back home.
Below are pictures from the days event. If you are interested in copies of any of these pictures please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly send the the originals.
On Saturday April 9th 2022 a Celebration of Life was held for Michael Schultz. Mike was a former Az Ranger as well as the former President of the Blue Knights AZIX Chapter in Tucson. His Celebration of Life was held on Saturday April 9th in Sahuarita. One of our former presidents, Jim K., spoke at Mike’s Services. Here are a few pictures of the event.
On Saturday April 9th we had our monthly breakfast Ride. This month we traveled to Green Valley and went to the Patriot Grill which was formally the Old Chicago Deli. In attendance was Robi & Bear C., Susan W. & Alan S., Jim K., Bruce D., Ken Mc., Steve E., Terry A, Chris D. and I know I’m missing one more person. It was a good turnout for a morning breakfast. After breakfast some of the members went to the Celebration of Life for Mike Schultz. Here are a few pictures from Saturday’s breakfast.
After a short break with our monthly breakfast rides we resumed our monthly ride on Saturday March 12th. This month we met at Lazy Days on Campbell Ave. Those in attendance were: Patrick, John, Alan & Susan, Jim, Ken, Rev & Antje, and yours truly. A great time was had by all with lots of conversation. One being the upcoming Celebration of Life for our former President Mike Schultz in April. Here are a few pictures from todays breakfast: