Benefit Ride Honors Chip Taylor

By: McKinsey Harris Email
By: McKinsey Harris Email

The Broadway Rescue Squad held its first fundraiser for a scholarship in memory of Chip Taylor, a man who was murdered along with his wife and stepdaughter in West Virginia this past fall.

The squad hosted a benefit ride, bringing in about 160 riders to help the scholarship fund, which is awarded to a high school student looking to further his or her education in the rescue squad field.

Motorcyclists like Melinda Corral of the Proud American Rider group say Sunday was a perfect day for long ride.

"And if a little bit of rain comes along, we'll still be good the whole time, so we ride in any kind of weather, it doesn't make any difference," says Corral.

Corral says she and her fellow riders like to participate in charitable rides.

"As you can see here with all the bikers, the bikers are a big support to the community, and we're just glad people appreciate that and we can show what we do," says Corral.

Corral says this ride is particularly important for her group.

"This is just one way to show our appreciation to Chip. Which I am from Broadway, so Chip is a local firefighter for me," says Corral.

Event coordinator Tyler Jessup says he's amazed by the amount of people willing to contribute to this cause.

"We really didn't know how it would go at the beginning, and we felt really good about what we have been able to accomplish in a short period of time," says Jessup.

Jessup says he thinks Taylor's favorite part of the day would've been the noise.

"He used to drive a truck, and the louder the truck the better. So a bunch of motorcycles making a lot of noise, I'm sure he'd be quite honored," says Jessup.

Sunday's memorial ride brought in about $2,500 between rider registrations and donations.

Jessup says they've done so well with their fundraising, they were able to award two scholarships this year.


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