A ride to remember

Published 4:08 pm Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Members of the Veteran Enforcers Motorcycle Association organized a remembrance ride for fallen Decatur County Fire and Rescue officer, Adam Taylor on Saturday, where they raised $3,000 in conjunction with other associations for Taylor’s wife, Kristin.

VEMA participates in a remembrance ride every year; this year the representative reached out to officer, Jamie Earp and said they would like to ride in honor of Taylor.

Taylor passed away suddenly in April 2018 after suffering from a heart attack while off duty. He left behind his wife, Kristin and two 10-month old twins.

The ride began in Cairo, where Jamie and James Earp joined in, along with other motorcycle affiliations. Jamie said there were approximately 30-35 riders in attendance. They then rode to DCFR’s main station on the Industrial Park off Hwy. 27, where they held a small ceremony.

At the ceremony they presented Kristin with flowers and a plaque, before presenting her with a check for $3,000.

In order to make this donation, VEMA had been raffling off various items and initiating other fundraisers to help Kristin as the holiday season approached.

Earp said Kristin was very much surprised and shocked at the generous donation.

“It was a lot more than she ever expected both monetarily and emotionally,” Earp said.

Kristin and the twins accepted the donation and thanked VEMA for honoring her late husband’s memory.

Earp also thanks VEMA for organizing the event for his fallen brother and thanks all the riders who participated and made the event special for Taylor’s wife and family.