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Firefighters and motorcyclists supporting heros

Published: Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 3:43 p.m. CDT

CHILLICOTHE — Illinois Chapter 19 of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club (MC) will hold its second annual River Valley Ride on Aug. 25. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project was established to provide tangible, practical support to soldiers returning from active duty for adapting to the daily challenges of everyday life. Their mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors while helping them heal both physically and mentally.

The Red Knights are a motorcycle club whose 10,000 global members are firefighters and represent professional, volunteer, industrial and retired firefighters. Red Knight members are committed to charitable causes that support their profession, members and their respective communities. The RKMC, IL Chapter 19 was established in 2009 and consists of 16 firefighters from Chillicothe, Peoria Heights and Limestone.

The first River Valley Ride, held in 2011, had 115 riders on 80 motorcycles and raised more than $3,500 to support the American Cancer Society in memory of Chillicothe Fire Department Captain Lonnie Williamson.

This event is a 100-mile ride along the Illinois River with stops at Henry Harbor in Henry, Ray’s Place in Hennepin; J&R’s Chicago Street Pub in Magnolia and Uncle Stewy’s in Spring Valley. The final stop will be at Castaways Bar and Grill located at 1707 N. Fourth Street in Chillicothe, with the last bike in at 5 p.m. Door prize drawings will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The public is welcome at Castaways from 5 to 8 p.m. Donations welcome.

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