Biker rally for fallen trooper spectacular

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Comments on Topix forums : MAGGIE VALLEY Michaela Blanton says the people closest to her know that she is never at a loss for words.

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“Not as smart as I look.....”

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Jul 13, 2008
 
It's amazing how much good can be done in such a short time when people put forth the effort.
2 wks. prep. time 4,600 participants......
I know this filled Michaela's heart with a tremendous amount of joy.
This cat's hat is off to all envolved. Great job!
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Jul 13, 2008
 
The support for this troopers family is unbelievable. Not only in Haywood County but WNC and South Carolina. I am confused by some of the other remarks made about Haywood County Police in other articles. The recent death of the Patterson boy and the article in yesterday's paper "Police have concerns over new drug." On one hand we are grief stricken that we lost one of our law officers and on the other remarks made about how they "beat people to death." The officers who gave the drug interviews were accused of justifying beating someone to death when I think they were just trying to get information out to the public. We need to decide people, are we going to give Haywood County law officers the support they need or bash them one day and love them the next? We need to be there everyday not just on the days we lose one.
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Jul 13, 2008
 
anonymous wrote:
The support for this troopers family is unbelievable. Not only in Haywood County but WNC and South Carolina. I am confused by some of the other remarks made about Haywood County Police in other articles. The recent death of the Patterson boy and the article in yesterday's paper "Police have concerns over new drug." On one hand we are grief stricken that we lost one of our law officers and on the other remarks made about how they "beat people to death." The officers who gave the drug interviews were accused of justifying beating someone to death when I think they were just trying to get information out to the public. We need to decide people, are we going to give Haywood County law officers the support they need or bash them one day and love them the next? We need to be there everyday not just on the days we lose one.
You should have signed your name CONFUSED. I am sorry. the Subject here about the Fund Raiser. your taking off on a off topic discussion.

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Since: Sep 07

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Jul 13, 2008
 
The ride was breath taking, and emotional for me at some moments.

It was definitely an experience of a life time!

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Since: Feb 08

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Jul 13, 2008
 
Not Concerned wrote:
The ride was breath taking, and emotional for me at some moments.
It was definitely an experience of a life time!
Same here. Sitting on the stairwell watching the family, and the lady singing the National Anthem, and Shuler's speech.... along w/ the somberness of riding the ride... My heart is still full of emotions.
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Jul 13, 2008
 
The spectators along the route were amazing. I seen numbers of them holding the American flag while others gave a thumbs up and/or had their hand placed across their heart.

Unlike some other organized charity events which offer entertainment, food and bands at the end to draw riders, this one offered to the participates "NOTHING" but the opportunity to show their respect for a fallen HERO!!!

My wife and I will never forget this wonderful run and the chance to show our respect to a fallen LEO brother!!!

The organizers are still counting at this point, hopefully the amount will exceed $40,000

Since: Oct 07

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Jul 13, 2008
 
Not Concerned wrote:
The ride was breath taking, and emotional for me at some moments.
It was definitely an experience of a life time!
Bikers are often misunderstood. I think they are great Americans, and I appreciate each one of them. I DO love Harleys. LOL Thanks to each one who rode yesterday, you were beautiful!
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Jul 13, 2008
 
Last Buffalo wrote:
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Bikers are often misunderstood. I think they are great Americans, and I appreciate each one of them. I DO love Harleys. LOL Thanks to each one who rode yesterday, you were beautiful!
Should point out however that this was Not just Harley's in the ride. I saw several of the custom choppers,hondas, crotch rocket race bikes, and even some old vintage indians. Also while i am at it havent seen it mentioned that the mustang club was also there and brought funds to this event.

Since: Oct 07

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Jul 13, 2008
 
Duh huh wrote:
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Should point out however that this was Not just Harley's in the ride. I saw several of the custom choppers,hondas, crotch rocket race bikes, and even some old vintage indians. Also while i am at it havent seen it mentioned that the mustang club was also there and brought funds to this event.
Duh huh, I love them all, and they're all to be commended for the money they raised for Trooper Blanton's wife and child. It's going to take a ton of money to pay for his son's heart surgery as well as all the days he's been in special care at the hospital. Insurance never pays for everything. A great bunch of people they are, all of them.

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Since: Jun 08

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Jul 13, 2008
 
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It's going to take a ton of money to pay for his son's heart surgery as well as all the days he's been in special care at the hospital. Insurance never pays for everything. A great bunch of people they are, all of them.
In addition to the medical costs, there are expenses not covered by insurance at all. What about gas for Mom's trips to the hospital? Probably a few meals on the run, too, among other things.
Thank you to all who participated, in any way.
I Loved Shawn

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Jul 13, 2008
 
I am the parent of a 17 year old NICU baby. My son was born 8 weeks premature and was in Asheville's Mission Hospital. When he was released 32 days later, my son's medical bills was $157,000 and he was "healthy" compared to Tye. The hospital and doctor bills will be beyond imgainable for most people. EVERY dime collected is appreciated!
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Jul 13, 2008
 
So how much did they get in donations?
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Jul 13, 2008
 
The Blue Ridge Mustang Club of Asheville did come out for the event yesterday. Unfortunately there was also a car show that took place at the same time so we didn't have the strong showing I think most of us had hoped for. For me personally I'm so thankful we chose to go the ride instead because its something I know I will never forget. It really showed me what an awesome group of folks those bikers truely are.
I should also mention our club is hosting a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at the Biltmore Square Mall on August 2nd. If anyone would like more info on that just go to our website,all the info is on there.

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Since: Feb 07

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Jul 13, 2008
 
I have never had the pleasure of being amongst so many friendly, caring people as I had on Saturday. The riders were amazing, but so were all the spectators who were standing beside the road to wave and give thanks. It's amazing what people can do when they pull together. I have seen and heard a few snarky remarks here and there about the traffic problems and one person having the audacity to incinuate that Michaela doesn't need the money because Shawn had good insurance and she will get widow money.
To any of the killjoys out there - BUTT OUT. We didn't need your negativity. There are MANY more who love and care about this family, and we showed that on Saturday!!
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Jul 13, 2008
 
I watched from Oteen Mickey D's parking lot. It was awesome at all the bikes that came through on Tunnel Rd.. Right as I was ready to head toward the Asheville Mall to do my usual people gawking, another batch of bikes came through. They must of sent them out in two different batches.
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Jul 13, 2008
 
Keith retired Gun-bunny wrote:
I watched from Oteen Mickey D's parking lot. It was awesome at all the bikes that came through on Tunnel Rd.. Right as I was ready to head toward the Asheville Mall to do my usual people gawking, another batch of bikes came through. They must of sent them out in two different batches.
It wasnt that we were sent out in batches I dont think. I was near the tail end of the first "batch" and had noticed some had fallen back as traffic started mingling in from side streets. Numerous times we even had to change lanes to get around the cars at the redlights as we were being waved on through by personell working the intersections.Just can't see why traffic couldn't wait a mere five minutes and we'd have been on through... just not going to let that ruin the day for me though .
Keith retired Gun-bunny

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Jul 13, 2008
 
Duh huh wrote:
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It wasnt that we were sent out in batches I dont think. I was near the tail end of the first "batch" and had noticed some had fallen back as traffic started mingling in from side streets. Numerous times we even had to change lanes to get around the cars at the redlights as we were being waved on through by personell working the intersections.Just can't see why traffic couldn't wait a mere five minutes and we'd have been on through... just not going to let that ruin the day for me though .
Oh, I am sure it didn't. It just appeared to be split in two. It was 16 minutes for the first group to pass Mickey D's, didn't time the second group but they were as large if not larger.
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Jul 13, 2008
 
Keith retired Gun-bunny wrote:
<quoted text> Oh, I am sure it didn't. It just appeared to be split in two. It was 16 minutes for the first group to pass Mickey D's, didn't time the second group but they were as large if not larger.
My bad. 11 minutes for the first batch to come through. Read my watch wrong. Blurry, didn't have my el cheapo reading glasses on.
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Jul 14, 2008
 
I was in the ride on Saturday and can't even begin to express the feelings that came over me. I was brought to tears as we were riding and saw all the support. I work with officers and this death reminds me how quick things can go wrong. I wish the people I saw taking videos would post on you tube or something. I was closer to the front but either way I looked it was bikes as far as the eye could see. So if you have pics or videos please post. It was so mind blowing to be involved. Thanks for the show of love, respect, and support
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Jul 14, 2008
 
I truly can not believe some of the things some of the inhumane people have posted! Give me a break, it's not like she woke up and said hey I think I will become a widow today and on top of that have my first born in an inncubater fighting for his life!!! Get a clue at least there are people in this country who do still care and come together to help others in need. Just because he was a smart 24 yr old and got a good job with good benefits doesn't take away that a worthless piece of trash who was pulled over for something minor SHOT HIM TO DEATH!!!! which left a wife and newborn baby without his support. I read a comment somewhere else about all the financial assistance she could get from the government, HA HA HA!! she won't be able to I'm sure because her husband worked and had the benefits get your facts before you run off at the mouth- his death will be considered work comp and it will be 10 years before she sees any of that! Take your negativity to the crapper! didn't your mother tell you if you can't say anything nice don't say it at all!!!(and yes my mother told me but sometimes something just needs to be said when others are inappropriate!)

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