It all started on May 9, 2005 - a very dear friend of ours lost his son, LCpl Taylor B. Prazynski. As a way to honor him, as well as the men and women who have lost their lives since 9/11, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts joined together to raise funds for "Impact A Hero". “Impact a Hero” - Impact Player Partners is a nonprofit organization consisting of business leaders, athletes, entertainers and sports franchises dedicated to providing continuous emotional, career and financial support to American military personnel who are severely injured or disabled due to serving all Americans in the War on Terror.
Since then, the Hero's Ride has grown to honor a number of individuals throughout the Tri-State area
including; Spc. Joseph Bauer, LCpl. Michael J. Cifuentes, Spc. Michael Cook, Jr., CW2 Jody L. Egnor, Cpl. Joshua Hartzell, Pfc. Timothy J. Hines, Pfc. Jesse James M. Jones, 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.. We have also raised over $164,000 for "Impact a Hero".
With the success of the Hero's Ride has also come tragedy for our motorcycle family. On September 14, 2008, the 4th Annual Hero's Ride pulled out of the Fairfield VFW Hall on a path for Hueston Woods Park and a final stop at the Fairfield Village Green. As the ride made it's way to Hueston Woods winds started to pick up and by the time the ride make it to the beach area there were substantial wind gusts - later we would find out that Hurricane Ike was leaving a path of destruction through the Ohio Valley.
As the remaining riders were lead out of the park the high winds caused a large tree to fall on one of the ride "sweeps" for the event. Stephanie Marie and Thomas James Bobinger II passed away that day - leaving behind family, friends and sadly a young daughter. We remember them every day that passes - the tree that played a part in this tragedy is located between the beach and the golf course road exit (when leaving the beach turn left out onto the main road, tree/plaque will be on the right hand side prior to making a right hand turn out of the park).
A plaque has been placed on the tree as a sign to all who pass that they will never be forgotten.
The third cross is to remember Eric Schneider. Eric who was a yearly participant in the event and passed away November 2, 2008 after a traffic accident on Mack Road near Route 4.
A fourth cross has now been added to represent long-time committee member Jim Geiger. Jim passed away in 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Jim was a big part of the Hero's Ride and he will be greatly missed.