Hundreds of Motorcycles roared through Dutchess County on Sunday in remembrance of two men who lost their lives while trying to save others.

Sunday was the perfect day to be on a motorcycle and I was outside of Adam's on Route 44 in Poughkeepsie, when the longest line of motorcycles I have ever seen passed in front of the store. It was the annual ride to remember Detective John Falcone and Fireman Tim Gunther, both lost their lives in the line of duty.

 

City of Poughkeepsie Detective Falcone was shot and killed on February 18, 2011 while saving a child during a homicide and suicide. The child was only 3 years old at the time and Falcone paid the ultimate price while saving the child.

Fire Fighter Tim Gunther died on May 5th, 2015. He died of cardiac arrest after hours fighting a fire on Church Street in Poughkeepsie.  He was a fire fighter in Poughkeepsie for 21 years before losing his life.

The motorcycle ride must have had over 400 bikes in it and this year it not only honored Falcone and Gunther, but another brave valley resident, Ryan McElroy who lost his life to cancer at the age of 5.

Proceeds from this bike run go to the Ryan McElroy Foundation. The Foundation was started by Chip and Judy McElroy to help local children and families that are dealing with a life threatening illness.

It was Ryan’s courageous strength and determination that led to the creation of the foundation. Chip and Judy wanted people that did not know Ryan to know him and for people that did know Ryan to never forget him.

The Ryan McElroy Foundation has helped so many people of the years. They greatly appreciate the support from the hundreds of riders who cruised through the valley on Sunday.