Lighthouse Cruisers hosting ride for fallen officer’s family

The Chilton County Lighthouse Cruisers will be hosting a benefit ride June 18 for fallen Jemison police officer Josh Newman’s family.

The idea for the ride came about after the success the Lighthouse Cruisers had with the benefit ride for Karli Chadwick, an Isabella student awaiting a kidney transplant, on April 2.

“A police officer [came up with the idea],” said Cruisers Vice President Ernie Ragsdale. “He asked about putting one on for [Officer Newman].

The ride will start with registration at 8 a.m., and will depart at 10 a.m. from the Jemison Municipal Complex. Ragsdale said that the details of the ride are still being worked out, but that the plan is to make the ride about 120 miles, round trip.

He also hopes to have a similar turnout to the ride for Karli Chadwick.

“I’m hoping it’ll be big, even bigger than the one we did for Karli,” he said. “And we had over 200 there.”

The entry fee is $25 per bike, and benefits will go to Newman’s family. Lunch will be served that afternoon.

For more information, call Ragsdale at 646-0338.

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