Bikers fired up their engines in Madisonville today to raise money for police officer’s families who were killed in Dallas a month ago.
More than 40 bikers traveled down highway 60 to raise money for those families.
The idea started as just a conversation between friends, but for Chuck Browning, the conversation was more than words.
“It really hit close to home with being in law enforcement and several friends in law enforcement, and we talked about trying to help them out and we started throwing these ideas together and this is what we came up with,” he says.
The 150 mile route started in Madisonville and winded through surrounding communities, each showing their support.
“It’s very heartwarming, even out on the motorcycle ride, people were honking and waving showing support. That was really nice,” Browning says.
For Madisonville police officer Blake Carlisle, it wasn’t just about raising money.
“It was a great sense of pride to help escort and help these guys in any way that we can and in kind of a small way,” he says.
Many bikers had a personal connection with the benefit.
Scott Morgan, a soldier who suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, says, “For me, yeah we go through a lot overseas but these guys go through a lot daily over here and sometimes I think that’s taken for granted. To see everyone here gathering up saying ‘Hey we support you, we’re behind you,’ it really means a lot.”
The money is important, but the support means the most. The benefit had a silent auction and live music.
The bikers hope to surprise the families of the fallen Dallas officers with the money they raised Saturday.