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Miami Valley motorcyclists get together to ride for one of our first responders

Miami Valley motorcyclists get together to ride for one of our first responders (WKEF/WRGT)

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Motorcyclists from the Miami Valley got together for a special ride June 17, with the goal of raising money for a Dayton Police officer who lost his leg in the line of duty.

More than 80 riders started at the VFW post in Huber Heights, rode to Brixx in downtown Dayton, then back to the VFW with a special police escort.

The money will go to help Officer Byron Branch, who lost his leg in December after he was hit by a car while investigating a crash on I-75. It will help fund an above-the-knee prosthetic, so he can return to work.

“They’re first responders,” Commander of the VFW Post Bob Dawes said. “And when something happens to them, it affects the whole community, just like in the military. We’re first responders, and people don’t understand that.”

The price to ride was $15 per bike, and an extra $5 per passenger.

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