Bikers ride in honor of Ulster County Sheriff's Detective
Motorcyclists hop on their bikes and hit the road in Ulster County. As our Elaina Athans tells us, they were thinking about one man every mile along the way.
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HIGHLAND, N.Y. -- "It's kind of hard when you lose your best friend, your brother," said friend Chris Zanos.
One man brings hundreds of people to together for a fundraiser. Motorcyclists pay tribute to Detective Sergeant Drue Lynch. He suddenly died in April shocking many close to him. The cause of death has not been released. The Plattekill man was a 27-year veteran of the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.
"Even though Drue was a Detective Sergeant, he was also a biker. As a matter of fact at his funeral his bike was there. Everybody loved him, we was well accepted by all community, all groups, everyone," said Ira Weiner from the Ulster County American Legion Riders.
Some of his friends came to the ride ready to take Lynch along. They showcased freshly inked tattoos in his honor.
Zanos said, "He'll always be riding with you us. That's the way we look at it. We put a lot of miles on the bike. Together. Had a lot of good times."
Money raised from this ride is going straight into a trust fund. When Lynch passed away, he left behind three children.
"They're very young now, when they go to college there should be a substantial amount of money built up at that point for them to go where ever they want to go," said Weiner.
Five thousand dollars is expected to go into the fund from this event, and his friends have organized other gatherings to help his family.
"He was very well-loved. Gonna miss him," said Zanos.