On April 2, 2011, Chattanooga Police Department Sgt. Tim Chapin responded to a robbery at a Brainerd pawnshop. There, 27-year veteran Sgt. Chapin was shot and killed.
To support the families of Sgt. Chapin and others who have fallen and been injured in the line of duty, the In the Line of Duty Ride was instituted, a ride that has become an annual event. On Sept. 14, the third annual In the Line of Duty Ride will take place, hosted once again by the Roughnecks Motorcycle Club, Hamilton County Chapter.
“I knew Tim from working with him in the 90s,” said Eddie Stevens, president of the local Roughnecks chapter, vice president of the Southeastern Roughnecks region and retired Rossville, Ga. policeman.
The Roughnecks are a nonprofit brotherhood of active and retired law enforcement, firefighters, EMS and military motorcycle enthusiasts, and there are 60 Roughnecks’ chapters across the United States, Canada and Australia. Through the ride, the Hamilton County Chapter has raised approximately $9,000 for the Sgt. Tim Chapin Foundation scholarship fund and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Scholarship funds are available for any police officer’s child who needs assistance to pay for college. Funds donated to the Wounded Warrior Project assist injured soldiers regain some level of normalcy after returning from the battlefield.
In an effort to ensure a successful event and to improve the lives of those who put their lives on the line every day, the Cleveland-based U.S. Money Shops gave a $2,500 sponsorship to the ride.
“That sponsorship will have a huge impact on the ride,” Stevens said. “We’ve always had great sponsors, and every little bit helps. When you can get a lick like U.S. Money Shops’ $2,500 sponsorship all at once, it’s tremendous! We’re starting the ride off with everything already paid for and some surplus money.”
As in years past, the ride begins at Thunder Creek Harley-Davidson, located in Chattanooga at 7720 Lee Highway. Cost is $25 per motorcycle rider and will end at Southside Saloon and Bistro at 1301 Chestnut St. where riders will be able to purchase food and drinks.
Unlike past years, this year won’t be a typical ride, as Stevens said it has gotten difficult to keep a large cluster of riders safe. Instead, they’re making it a poker run, with each rider getting one hand with their registration and as many additional hands as desired for $5 each.
Free T-shirts will be given to the first 150 registered for the event. Registration is available the day of the ride, starting at 9 a.m., or riders can preregister online at InTheLineOfDutyRide.com. The poker run ride begins at 11 a.m.
Additionally, riders can expect a swarm of door prizes, a 50/50 draw and more, Stevens said.
Learn more or preregister at InTheLineOfDutyRide.com.