Motorcycle Rides Benefit Pair of Memorials

SEA Members Helped Organize Fundraising Events

Riders take part in the ride-in to benefit the Public Works Employees Memorial on June 28. You can see more photos from that ride, as well as the ride to benefit the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, below.

Riders take part in the ride-in to benefit the Public Works Employees Memorial on June 28. You can see more photos from that ride, as well as the ride to benefit the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, below.

Riders taking part in a pair of motorcycle events late last month helped ensure one public memorial is well maintained and helped bring another memorial closer to reality.

Both events, which SEA members helped organize, took place June 28. The first benefited the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which honors New Hampshire law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The second raised money for a yet-to-be-built memorial to public works employees who’ve died in the line of duty.

The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ride, in its fifth year, was an out-and-back ride from NHTI in Concord. Organizer Steve O’Donnell, a professor at the college and SEA member, said this year’s ride attracted around 70 motorcycles.

“It was a beautiful day and it went exceedingly well,” he said. “We took in $1,600 for the memorial.”

That money will be used for upkeep of the memorial, which is located in front of the Legislative Office Building, on State Street in Concord. The ride, which is co-sponsored by the NHTI Criminal Justice Club (which O’Donnell advises) and the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club, has raised $6,600 in its first five years.

“We would like to thank all of the volunteers, NH State Police, Concord PD, all of the officers that were able to assist us as we travelled through their communities, and the riders who participated in this ride,” O’Donnell said.

He singled out the Nam Knights, the Life Free or Die Motorcycle Club, the American Motorcycle Museum, Panera Bread, Heritage Harley Davidson and Manchester Harley Davidson for their contributions, and noted that the members of the Criminal Justice Club came back to campus in the middle of their summer break to help make the event a success.

The Public Works Employee Memorial event, which was in its first year, was a ride-in, with groups of motorcyclists traveling in together from different points around the state. That memorial, which was authorized in 2009, will eventually be built on the grounds of the Department of Transportation on Hazen Drive in Concord. Chris Bonoli-Stohlberg, an SEA member who works in Highway Maintenance at the DOT, helped organize the event and said 70 motorcycles with 85 riders took part. In all, $1,670 was raised for the memorial.

“The riders were really pleased, as well as the organizers,” Bonoli-Stohlberg said. “The feedback has been so positive. It’s inspiring to us to plan this and make it even better for next year.”

Riders traveled to the DOT in Concord from six different districts and were led by SEA members Adam White, Matt Jordan, Kevin Carley, Andrew Dame, Richard Trempe, George Beaudette and Gary Dossett, all of whom work for the DOT. Riders were greeted by volunteers and took in lunch, along with music performed by Bonoli-Stohlberg and her band, the Blues Monsters. Bonoli-Stohlberg said it meant a lot to hear how pleased the riders were.

“They felt well-received, and that was something I impressed upon our volunteers,” she said.

In attendance were family members of several of the public works employees who will be honored at the memorial.

“The family members that were here were so glad we contacted them,” Bonoli-Stohlberg said. “Definitely next year we’ll be reaching out to more of them.”

The ride-in raised $1,670 for the memorial; there’s still much more to raise before work can begin, however. If you’d like to make a donation, you can find that and much more information here.

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