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Motorcycles Rumble to Honor Matlosz, Help First Aid Squad

Saturday event a success

The road in front of the rumbled with the sounds of more than 100 motorcycles on Saturday at the Second Annual Bike Run at the Kent Road facility.

Much like the inaugural event, part of the proceeds raised went to the first aid squad, while part of it went to the Lakewood Police Department PBA in honor of Officer Christopher Matlosz. Last year, a portion of the money was given to the family of State Trooper Marc Castellano who was killed in the line of duty.

The two organizations have the late Matlosz as a common bond. He was a member of the first aid squad before serving on the Lakewood force. The event was held in his honor after he was also  in the line of duty in January. 

As part of the event a full barbecue was available for those who attended while vendors sold a wide variety of items. From jewelry to motorcycle equipment to snacks there was plenty to choose from during the day. There were also raffle tickets for sale with the winner bringing home a motorcycle made by Orange County Choppers, the same company featured on the popular television show American Choppers. 

There were also shirts being sold paying tribute to Matlosz and in recognition of the day. The Lakewood Police Department was well represented as well with two motorcycle officers taking part in the ride and others there to honor their fallen brother. 

Lakewood Patrolman Steve Kelusak who serves as the state delegate for his local chapter of the PBA said the support his department has received has meant a lot to them. "There are probably no words that can express how we feel," he said. 

The show of support from the members of the surrounding communities was obvious from the turnout of bikes and the lines of people waiting in line to get the food being offered. Listening to the live music performance, a good time was had by all who came out on the beautiful summer day.

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