For the second year in a row the Howell First Aid Squad will be holding a motorcyle run to benefit the squad. And for the second year, part of the proceeds will be dedicated in honor of fallen members of the first responder community.
Jeff DeMatteo, the captain of the squad said this year part of the money raised from the ride and barbecue will be given to the Lakewood Police Department to honor Officer Christopher Matlosz who was killed in the line of duty in January. Matlosz was a member of the first aid squad back in 2002 bringing the cause closer to home for those still serving the community. Last year part of the proceeds went to the family of State Trooper Marc Castellano who was also killed in the line of duty.
While the original intention of the event was to help the squad pay its bills DeMatteo said the members were glad to be able to help others as well. "We're always looking to do fundraisers here to help the squad but when there are others in need we want to be able to help them too," he said.
With more than 200 people coming out for last year's inaugural ride DeMatteo said he was hoping to see 300 people come out this year. The event starts with a 60 mile ride and is capped off with a barbecue that will include popular items like hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and peppers and other food and drings for guests to enjoy.
The cost to ride is $20 per bike and $15 per passenger or just to come for the barbecue. Beer mugs will also be sold for $5 which will give the owner of the cup unlimited beer for the day. Free birch beer and water will also be provided.
Registration for the ride starts at 8:30 and goes until the 11:00 estimated departure time. The barbecue is then scheduled to start at approximately 1 p.m. and run until 5 p.m.