Bike ride held in honor of officer

Published 4:50 pm Monday, June 20, 2011

Bikers from across the state prepared for a 109 mile bike ride in honor of fallen Jemison Police Officer Josh Newman

More than 80 bikers from across the state participated in a bike ride Saturday to honor fallen Jemison Police Officer Josh Newman.

Newman died in a car accident while in the line of duty on March 5.

“This community has been outstanding through the whole thing,” said Ginger Fulmer Autrey, Josh’s mother. “He was a fantastic, wonderful person and a good Christian guy. I look forward to this because of the fellowship.”

The Newman family, the Jemison Police Dept. & friends.

The Chilton County Lighthouse Cruisers Christian Motorcycle Club hosted the memorial benefit. More than $2,400 was raised to go to the family and numerous door prizes were given away after the ride.

“It’s always great when you can raise money and help people,” said Cruisers Vice President Ernie Ragsdale. “I’m more than happy [about the turnout of the event].”

The riders drove approximately 109 miles traveling through Wilsonville, Calera, Montevallo, Maplesville, Clanton, Thorsby and back to Jemison.

The department is considering making this an annual event in memory of Newman, said Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer.

“For the first ride it was a very good turnout, and it will get bigger and better each year, Fulmer said. “We had people from out of town come out and show their support. It was a great day for the department and the Newman family.”