Lake Havasu Rally and Don Shawver Memorial, Oct 24-27,2024,  sponsored  jointly by the San Gabriel Valley and Colorado River Cities Chapters of the Fire Hogs.  Boat Poker Cruise on the 25thand Motorcycle Poker run on the 26th. Go to

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Fire Hogs and friends

The Third Annual Fire Hogs St. Patrick’s Day Rally is
is March 14-17, 2024!

Don’t Miss Out, Make your Reservations Now!

The Third Annual Fire Hogs MC National Rally is rapidly approaching with chapters, members and friends riding in from all over!  Make your reservations now!  The dates for the Rally are Thursday, March 14, 2024 through Sunday, March 17, 2024 

Host Hotel:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego Downtown, 1646 Front St, San Diego, CA, 92101


  • Arrive and check-in: Thursday, March 14, 2024 
  • Depart and check-out: Sunday, March 17, 2024   


  • $189/night plus fees for 1 King Bed
  • $189/night plus fees for 2 Double Beds


  • Motorcycles:
      • $10.00 per night for a motorcycle while sharing a space.


    Tentative Schedule:

    • Note: Schedule is subject to change and further details will be announced as they become available.
    • Thursday, March 14: 
      • 11:00 AM
        • Rally Point # 1
        • Lunch at Texas Lil’s Old Town Temecula
      • 12:00 PM KSU, 
        • Ride to Josie’s Hideout near Lake Henshaw.
      • 2:00 PM 
        • KSU from Josie’s Hideout
          • Late Option: Stop at VFW near Lindo Lakes
      • 3:30 PM
        • Check-In to Doubletree Hotel
      • 1700-1800
        • Meet and Greet in Hotel Lobby
      • Dinner on your own
      • Friday, March 15
        • Meet at Amici Park on the north side of hotel)
        • 8:30 AM
          • Registration ($35-coffee & donuts)
        • 9:20 AM
          • Safety Brief
        • 9:30 AM –KSU, 190 miles round trip
          • 12:00 PM’ish
            • Lunch at Carlee’s Bar and Grill in Borrego Springs
            • After Lunch we will ride to the Ricardo Breceda Statues for a group picture.
          • We will then make our way back to the hotel with a possible stop atr Hero’s Pizza near Julian for a refreshment.
          • 3:30 – 4:00 PM
            • Return at Hotel
          • 5:00 – 7:00 PM
            • Meet and Greet at Hotel Pool
            • Opportunity drawings and auction
          • 7:30 PM
            • Group Dinner @ Mimmo’s in Little Italy
            • Saturday, March 16:
              • We represent the best and the brightest of the Fire Service!  We will be interacting with the public and small children.  We humbly ask you to refrain from adult beverages until completion of the parade.
              • Participation in the parade is for patched members and prospects only.  Watching the parade is open to all.
              • 7:00 AM
                • Breakfast at the San Diego Firehouse Museum.  This is a fundraiser for the museum and open to all.
              • 9:00 AM
                • Parade staging
              • 10:30 AM
                • Parade begins.
              • After the parade, Lunch at Scott O’maras
              • After the parade festivities, Mike Merriken and Dave Allen will be singing their world famous rendition of Danny Boy at Queenstown Public House across from the Firehouse Museum.
              • Several nearby events are taking place feel free to indulge your specific tastes.
                • St Patrick’s day Bar crawl 1600–2300
                • The Smoking Gun SD 555 Market St
                • Shamrock Fest – 1400 – 2300 Gaslamp quarter
                • San Diego Gulls Hockey – 1800 – 2100 Pechanga Arena
              • Night Bar Crawl -open to all
            • Sunday, March 17
                • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
                • Breakfast at Sergio’s
                • 471 Coastal Hills Dr., Chula Vista, CA 91914
                • Goodbyes and Ride Home!
            • Monday:
              • Some are leaving Monday, Breakfast, goodbye’s and head home.



Bringing Our Fallen Brother Home


On May 6, 2020, 15 members of the Fire Hogs Motorcycle Club rode to Bullhead City Az. to provide an escort for their fallen fellow Fire Hog and active duty LAFD Fire Captain Ray Van Blarcom. In the early morning hours of May 6, 2020, 15-Fire Hogs met in Victorville, Ca to ride to Bullhead City, AZ to meet Ray’s son, active duty Firefighter Nicholas Van Blarcom to coordinate Ray’s escort from the funeral home in Kingman AZ back to his son’s house in Lancaster Ca. This was coordinated with fellow Fire Hog and best friend of Ray’s, Retired LAFD Fire Captain Greg Porter, Retired LAFD Fire Captain Ray Hamel, and family Liaison LAFD Capt J.D. Fox.

Once at Greg’s house in Bullhead City, the Fire Hogs were met by the Honor Guards from the LAFD and the Kingman AZ Fire Departments as well as a static display of an aerial with a Flag by the Bullhead City FD. At Greg’s house a blessing and prayer was given to the approx. 60 people in attendance by LAFD Chaplain Negrete. From there the Fire Hogs lead the procession with Ray Hamel on Ray’s bike, Greg Porter, Jimmy Coburn on Ray’s brother’s Bob Bike (who passed away two months prior) in the lead with Nick’s Family, relatives and friends following. The Bullhead City engine and Battalion Chief escorted us to the outskirts of the City boundary. From there the procession was met by the Kingman FD and escorted to the Funeral home in Kingman Az. As we arrived at the Funeral home, we were greeted by the Honor Guard and various FD apparatus from the Kingman FD. The bikes were lined up in front of the funeral home and Honors were presented as Nick and the family entered the Funeral home to pick up Brother Ray’s remains. The service inside the funeral home was conducted by Chaplain Negrete and Honors were bestowed upon Ray as they exited the facility which cumulated in the Fire Hogs conducting a Biker farewell for Ray and a moment of silence in his honor.

As we departed the funeral home with Ray Van Blarcom’s remains, every intersection was blocked by the Kingman Police Department. Along the processional route, Kingman ?re apparatus, with their respective personnel, were standing at attention tendering a salute. As we proceeded through downtown Kingman, the entire Kingman Fire Administration was at attention with personnel and apparatus. Our procession was escorted by Kingman and Bullhead Fire Command vehicles. We proceeded from Kingman to Bullhead City; where the Golden Valley, Clark County and Bullhead Fire Departments also staged with apparatus and personnel along the procession route. What a sign of respect for our fallen Brother as the procession traveled through the towns of Kingman, Golden Valley and Bullhead City. Our procession this day concluded at the home of Greg Porter, where the Bullhead Fire Department aerial ladders were ?ying the American ?ag as we arrived. A celebration of brothers Ray and Bob’s lives was enjoyed by those at Greg’s home along the Colorado River, with many humorous and loving stories told through the afternoon.

Two days later, the Fire Hogs, along with the family, escorted Ray to his son’s home in Lancaster, California. During the escort, Fire?ghter Ray Van Blarcom remains were in the possession of his son, LAFD Fire?ghter Nicholas Van Blarcom.

For nearly a week, Kingman Fire?ghter’s and the LAFD Honor Guards were posted with Ray’s body until we ?nally brought our Brother home. The Fire Hogs rode to the Kingman/Bullhead area in order to comfort the family, pay respect, and escort our Brother’s remains home to Lancaster, California. The Kingman and Bullhead Fire Departments went above and beyond the call of duty in supporting our efforts as well as the LAFD Honor Guard, Family Liaison J.D.Fox, Chaplin Negrete, Bullhead City FF Mike Villigran, and retired Fire Captain Greg Porter. Our efforts would not have been possible without the support of those who opened their homes and hearts to us at the last minute including; Fire Hog and LAFD Retired Fire Captain Scott Gould, Fire Hog and LAFD Retired Fire Captain Dan Costa, Fire Hog and Bullhead City FF Mike Villigran, Fire Hog and LAFD Retired Fire Inspector Frank Godoy, Cook extraordinaire Darrell Smith, and others I’ve failed to mention. I also want to recognize the following Fire Hogs who dropped everything at the last minute to be a part of something bigger than themselves: LAFD Fire Hog Chapter members: Taylor Gaskin, Tuzz, Darrell Smith, Bruce Newcomb, Jim Vels, Scott Gould, Jimmy Coburn, Greg Porter, Dan Foote, Bennie Orrantia, Dan Costa, Al Mackey, Frank Godoy, Bull Head Mike Villigran, and Jack Wise, from the LACoFD Chapter members: Doc, and John O, Friends of the Fire Hogs; John Lee, and Ray Hamel.

The Kingman Fire Department Honor Guard was created in 2007, in order to give our Fire Hog Member and active EMS Captain Danny Cypert a formal memorial ceremony. Danny was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident outside of the City of Kingman. Kingman is not a very prosperous community with ?scal constraints. We have no professional reciprocity with Kingman, but they choose to honor our fallen anyway. Their Honor Guard struggles to maintain their corps. The Fire Hog members and various other LAFD personnel conducted an impromptu collection and donated $1100 to their Honor Guard. Here is the link to the youtube video created from the escort: Ray was preceded in death by his brother Bob aprox two months before. Fire Hog Pete Goff who we lost three years ago is also pictures with the Brothers at the Sturgis Rally. RIP Ray, Bob, and Pete.

“Ride to Live

Live to Give”