Tri County Toy Run Participation – Harker Heights Thin Blue Line chapter

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) – On Sunday bikers from all around Central Texas raised close to $15,000 to make sure children in need have presents under the tree this Christmas.

Around 600 different motorcycle riders participated in the 31st annual TriCounty Toy Run of Central Texas.

The riders came from various motorcycle clubs and other local organizations like American Legion Post 273 out of McGregor.

”One of the things that we do at the American Legion is we make sure that we do toy runs in our community and make sure all the kids around here have a nice Christmas,” Ira Stine, with American Legion Post 273, said.

The 57-mile-long journey started at the Mayborn Center in Temple and went all the way to Putters and Gutters in Lampasas.

It was all put on by a not-for-profit of the same name as the event, called the TriCounty Toy Run of Central Texas.

”We saw one group earlier bring in a whole table of toys so they can raise donations throughout the year then donate,” Nayda Santana, with the not-for-profit, said.

Riders had to pay $20, or a toy of equal value, to participate in the motorcade.

”Every penny, every toy will be given back to children in our local community,” Santana said.

All donations will go towards 20 different nonprofits based out of Bell, Coryell and Lampasas Counties.

”In addition, this year we are providing bicycles, so that is also included,” Bruce Rayman, with the not-for-profit, said.

One biker nicknamed Woods with the Harker Heights Thin Blue Line chapter wanted to serve on Sunday after decades of serving his community in law enforcement.

”From the day I signed my name on that line to join law enforcement we took that oath,” Woods said. “I’m a cop on and off duty, so anything I can do to serve kids around the community I’m going to do it.”

Congratulations TBL Scholarship Recipients

On Sunday, December 3rd, 2023, the Thin Blue Line LEMC – Houston Chapter, awarded nine (9) scholarships to college students entering or are in their first year of college. The Houston Chapter every year, puts together a golf tournament and its sole purpose is to raise money for young men and women to help them with their college journey. These funds are made by golf team registrations, hole sponsors, auction items donated, and various donations to the event. Congratulations to all of our Scholarship recipients; Isabella Trevino, Brooklyn Ochoa, Ty Killough, Dylan Aguilar, Vivian Mendoza, Carmelo Hernandez, Sam Morgan, Genesis Granado, and Jonathan Silva.

This is the Houston Chapter’s biggest fund raiser event that we have every year, and we look forward to the event so we can “Pay it Forward” to young men and women of Police Officers, Deputies, Firemen, Paramedics, Military Veterans, members of the Thin Blue Line LEMC Nation, and Family & Friends who support the Thin Blue Line.

Sergeant Jorge Ramos Receives Supervisor of the Year.

Congratulations to Sergeant Jorge Ramos for receiving Supervisor of the Year for HISD Police.

Sergeant Jorge A. Ramos began his law enforcement career in 2014 where after completing the police academy with HCC Northeast campus, he was hired on with Harris County Constables Office Precinct 5. While there, Sergeant Ramos was assigned to the Toll Road Traffic Enforcement division where he worked night shift.

 Sergeant Ramos made the transition to HISD team in 2015 where his first assignment was Key Middle School and worked there for 2.5 years. While there, Sergeant Ramos built many relationships with school administration as well as students in need with low-income backgrounds. Sergeant Ramos made the transition to Dayshift Patrol and became part of the Emergency Response Team where he attended SWAT School as well as other tactical courses. During his tenure on dayshift patrol, Sergeant Ramos became a Field Training Officer (FTO), obtained his certifications in ALERT I, ALERT II, SBLE (Active Shooter train the trainer), CPR and Safety Range Officer (SRO).

Sergeant Ramos currently holds his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish and has his Advanced Peace officer certification.

TAFR 14th Annual Wild Game Cookoff

On April 14th TAFR held its 14th Annual Charity Wild Game Cook-Off benefiting the Texas Association of First Responders. TBL LEMC proudly supported the efforts of TAFR and hosted a tent at the event.

Texas Association of First Responders, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization, was created to assist First Responders injured in the line of duty

Louisiana President’s Ride and Crawfish Boil

April 1st marked the 2nd Louisiana President’s ride. This year Daryl “Hippie”, President of Northshore led the ride. The route was from Krotz Springs to Louisiana’s highest point Mt. Driskill (535 feet above sea level) then to Chicot State Park to enjoy boiled seafood and crawfish with our brothers and sisters of the TBL LEMC.

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