Riders from nearby and all over the Midwest are coming together to raise money for the families of two Wyandotte deputies who were killed on duty this summer.
The Blessed are the Peacemakers Memorial Ride honors Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer, who were killed in a shooting June 15 while transporting a prisoner in downtown Kansas City, Kan.
The Kansas City Kansas Chapter of the Gunslingers and FOP Lodge 40 are hosting the ride, which will take place Sept. 8. The suggested donation for the ride is $20 per person. All vehicles are welcome.
King, 44, was a single mother of three children, the youngest being 7 years old. She had worked for the Wyandotte sheriff’s department for 13 years.
Rohrer, 35, is survived by his wife and two children ages 5 and 9. A SM Northwest graduate, he had worked for the sheriff’s department for seven years. A GoFundMe page for Rohrer is a few thousand dollars away from its $15,000 goal.
The ride begins at the Moose Lodge #1999, located at 6621 Turner Drive, Kansas City, Kan. Breakfast is provided by the Moose Lodge during registration, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Kickstands go up at 11 a.m.
The ride ends at Sweet T’s, a bakery / coffee shop / barbecue joint located at 11101 Johnson Drive in Shawnee. Sweet T’s owners, Terri Brockhaus and Danny Lyons, plan to donate a hog roast meal for riders at the end of the ride; all proceeds go to the deputies’ families.
Lyons said the organizers expect more than 1,500 riders, more than 600 motorcycles and about 150 Jeeps that will participate in the ride. Some riders will come from out of town, including Texas and Iowa.
“We’re doing a good thing for the families,” Brockhaus said.
Lyons said he hopes the memorial ride and fundraiser can bring the community together during this difficult time.
“Let’s see something good that can come out of this, where the community’s come together, and try to help people,” Lyons said, “instead of ‘Let’s go destroy another business just because we’re mad, so let’s go knock out windows, and flip over cars and light fires.’”
The memorial ride also includes an auction as well as a gun raffle for a Glock Model 19 Gen5 9 mm. Quick’s Guns at 1007 Merriam Lane in KCK donated the gun, which will be raffled off at the end of the ride. The winner of the Glock will go through Quick’s Guns for transfer and must pass a background check and meet all requirements by law.