Due to unforeseen circumstances and conflicting dates, the 26th Annual Fallen Hero’s Ride scheduled for June 22nd, 2024 has been cancelled.  We appreciate the continued support for the Club and look forward to next year. It will be June 7th, 2025.

 

FIRE HOGS & FRIENDS

 

THIS SATURDAY 5/18/24 IS THE 8TH ANNUAL FIRE HOG MEMORIAL RIDE
PRESENTED BY THE LACoFD CHAPTER OF THE FIRE HOGS

Our 8th Annual Fire Hog Memorial Ride is almost here! Join us for a ride and post party complete with Tri tip lunch, Live music by Tongues Of Fire, fundraising raffles and a live auction. You don’t even have to have a motorcycle to join the party. Please tell your friends. Then open up the phone book and call random numbers and invite them too. The day won’t be the same without you. We hope to see you all on May 18th.
0800 Registration begins.
0930 Ceremonies start.
1030 KSU for the scenic ride.

MILLENA HICKS has the honor of performing the “National Anthem” for this special event.
The ride will end at Route 66 Classic Grill for a great lunch, the Raffle of a Vons Vels custom painted Fire Helmet which is a tribute to EMERGENCY TV Show,  and other festivities !!!
Also Tongues of Fire is the Awesome Classic Rock band for this event!
Please register online at:
www.FireHogsMC-LACOFD.org

PLEASE JOIN ME AS WE SUPPORT THOSE WHO HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.
I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE.

PREZ

Bringing Our Fallen Brother Home

FIRE HOGS ESCORT FOR FALLEN FIRE HOG RAY VAN BLARCOM

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: https://youtu.be/8cYwZOAlxCo. 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”

Prez

SAVE THE DATES

2024 Calendar of Events/Rides

March:

                St Patrick’s Parade/Natl Rally San Diego               3/14-17/24

                HOTEL Info. Book NOW!

April:  

                 Arizona Bike Week                                                      4/3 – 7/24

               Club is staying at Three Palms, 7707 E. McDowell Rd. Scottsdale Az, Book your rooms direct now. Main Group is riding

up Thursday, coming home Sunday.

May:  

Solvang Wine Run                                                         TBD

                 Ron Helus Ride for the Blue                                                     5/4/24.

                 7th Annual LACoFD Fire Hogs Firefighter Memorial     5/18/24

June:  

               Hope for Firefighters-DT LA                                                      6/6/24
               26TH LAFD Fire Hogs Fallen Heroes Memorial                  6/22/24

Tickets are $40 for a single rider and $70 for a rider with passenger. Single Rider and Rider with passenger Tickets       include lunch, access into the motorcycle procession, Door prize ticket (s) and access into the events at the Sagebrush Cantina for an afternoon of FUN.  Those Riders registered online before June 20, 2024, will also receive the priceless Swag bag. Prices slightly higher at the door.  Drivers must be 18 years old to participate. Riders and Passengers must sign Waivers. Non-riders and those wishing to join JUST for the luncheon, music, and festivities at the Sagebrush Cantina (23527 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302) at 1230 pm, the cost is $30 for lunch ONLY.

Event Flyer Here

Link to Tickets

Link to FB Page

August:  

 Sturgis -No lead at this time                                     8/2 – 8/11/24

September:  

           Ride to the Flags                                                   9/8/24

           USS Midway Ceremony                                      9/11/24-Taylor
IAFF Colorado Firefighter Memorial                       9/21-25-Taylor, Darin

           Street Vibrations Reno                                         9/26-29-Armando
 Century Ride                                                                       TBD

October:  

CA Firefighter Memorial Sacramento                           10/12/24-Taylor
         LAFD Firefighter Memorial                                      10/12/24
         SGVFD/ CRCFD Don Shawver Memorial Ride  10/24-27/24

November:

Rocky Point Rally                                                                   11/7-10

December:  

         Hollywood Christmas Parade                                    12/01/24

           Wreaths across America                                            12/14/24

ITS GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR OF RIDING!

PREZ