Hundreds participate in Hero’s Ride to support military

The heart of Fairfield was roaring for a good cause Saturday afternoon during the 10th annual Hero’s Ride in support of the nation’s troops.

More than 500 motorcycle enthusiasts lined the streets of Village Green and took off at 1 p.m. for a trip to Hueston Woods and back under sunny skies and hot temperatures.

The event is about more than revving engines and checking out bikes, it benefits “Impact A Hero,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to American military personnel who have been severely injured or disabled after serving in the war on terror, according to Bill Meyer, one of the event coordinators.

Meyer began the ride after a family friend, Lance Corporal Taylor Prazynski, a Marine, died in 2005 after serving in Iraq. Since then, the Hero’s Ride has gone on to honor several other veterans, raising $143,123, according to the organization’s website.

Those honored in the Tri-State include: Spc. Joseph Bauer, LCpl. Michael J. Cifuentes, Spc. Michael Cook, Jr., CW2 Jody L. Egnor, Cpl. Joshua Hartzell, Pfc. Timothy J. Hines, Cpl. David Kreuter, Sgt. David James Luff Jr., Pfc. James H. Miller IV, SSG Keith Maupin, Spc. Donald Morrison, Cpl. Nicholas Olivas, LCpl. Taylor B. Prazynski, Cpl. Lucas T. Pyeatt, Sgt. James C. Robinson Jr., LCpl. Jeremy Shock, Sgt. Christina (Loehrke) Smith, LCpl. William D. Spencer, Cpl. Anthony Vinnedge, Cpl. Robert Weber and SSGT Mark A. Wojciechowski.

Carl Meek, a Fairfield resident and Vietnam war veteran, has participated in the ride for years.

He sipped water and sat on his Harley Davidson Trike waiting to move out.

“I do it because veterans don’t receive enough support,” said Meek, who served four years as a Navy Seal. “It is good to see everyone out here to show their support.”

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