Motorcycle Ride in Honor of Firefighter Chip Taylor

Rockingham County, Va. (WHSV)-- Firefighters in Rockingham County are keeping the memory of one of their own, alive.

"Contagious laugh, contagious personality, words can't explain, he's just a great guy," said firefighter Tyler Jessup.

The great guy Jessup is referring to, was Rockingham County firefighter Chip Taylor. He was murdered back in 2009 with his wife and five year-old daughter, by his ex-wife.

"It's still emotional for me, because he was so close to me. it's a great, great feeling to see this many people come out and support our cause," said Jessup.

That cause is called the Chip Taylor memorial scholarship. The scholarship is given to any student who seeks a career in firefighting and EMS.

On June 8, dozens of bikers got together at the Broadway Volunteer Fire Department for a run that takes them into West Virginia and back.

The proceeds from the ride fund the scholarship that's supporting area students.

"It helped me with purchasing school supplies and other things at school that i needed," said Tyler Brown, who knew chip and was one of the first people to get the scholarship.

"It kind of makes me feel honored knowing that the scholarship in his name could help me pursue the same career that he was in to the same level," Brown added.

Though this event has been so successful, this is the last year it will be held.

"We felt that it was good to end it on a good and a high note," said Jessup.

But the scholarship fund will stick around.

"By offering these scholarships, we have other people coming up that can provide the same service and love for their career like he did," said Jessup.

It's that love that Chip showed so many, which will never be forgotten.


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