Chopper celebrating the life of four fallen marines to be showcased at Mt. Nebo poker run Saturday

Local - 8/22/2014 5:11 PM by Karen Franklin
MT. NEBO - Built for one, dedicated to a few, in honor of all who serve our country. 

That's the slogan behind a custom chopper, completed to celebrate the lives of four fallen marines killed in Iraq in 2005. 

Cpl. Bryan Richardson, 23, was killed by an IED about two months after his deployment. Cpl. Joseph Tremblay, also 23, lost his life to an IED a month later. Cpl. Ryan Kocacicek, 22, and Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodrich, 32, also gave the ultimate sacrifice when they were killed in a mortar attack. 

The four men were part of the same unit. Their portraits are hand-painted on the bike.

"Everybody is hung up on memorializing," Lawrence Tremblay, the father of Joseph, said. "Celebrate their lives. I mean, God, they wouldn't want us sitting in a corner weeping over them all day long. None of these kids would."

Within a year's time, Bryan Richardson's older brother, Patrick, was killed in a car accident. To honor the boys, the 10th Annual Ride for the Richardsons will be held Saturday. 

All money collected will help local high school students make their way to college. 

"There's no better way to help your grief than to turn it into something good to help someone else," Jamie Richardson, the mother of Patrick and Bryan, told WOAY. "My boys loved me. They were wonderful sons. They would not want me to sit and feel sorry for myself. They would want me to do this."

The poker run is organized by Robin and Ronnie Lycans, their daughter, Audra, and daughter-in-law, Kassie. 
The couple says it's generated $38,000 in scholarships from a decade of rides alone. About 14 scholarships have helped students at Nicholas County and Richwood high schools. 

Registration is set for 11 a.m. at Tractor Bar in Mt. Nebo. The ride is about 60 miles and will loop to Sutton and back. 

Guests are also welcome to attend a dinner at 5 p.m. There is a group of about 10 riders who haven't missed a year.


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