On Saturday, June 22, the fourth annual Sedalia Firefighters Memorial Ride will begin at noon, with registration starting at 8 a.m. at Liberty Park.
Registration for the event is $15 per Rider. The first 100 to pre-register receive a free pin. The event will be held rain or shine, and all types of vehicles are welcome.
Registration lasts from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on June 22. During the registration time breakfast and lunch will be available with the proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club.
The memorial ride will begin at noon and rider-drivers will leave from Liberty Park and begin to head towards Arrow Rock. From Arrow Rock, riders will then move to Mustang Sallyz Saloon in Marshall. After leaving Mustang Sallyz, riders will then proceed to Casey’s General Store in Sweet Springs. From Sweet Springs, participants will head back to Sedalia to finish the ride at Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant on South 65.
At each location, riders will roll dice with the top three and last accumulative scores at the end of the ride will receive cash prizes.
If anyone has questions about the Sedalia Firefighters Memorial Ride, contact Donnie (Pup) Sattler at (660) 221-6790, or by calling the Sedalia Fire Department at (660) 826-8044.
Event organizer Donnie Sattler spoke with the Sedalia News-Journal to discuss the fourth annual event.
Sattler, a captain with the Sedalia Fire Department, spoke of the purpose and goal of the memorial ride.
“The bulk of the money goes to the memorial itself out at Liberty Park. There are only about 10 spots left on the stone where we are entering names.
“We need room for expansion,” Sattler explained.
Sattler also mentioned the future plans for the memorial.
“Additions for the future might include sidewalks and granite stones. Besides the memorial itself, we do give back to the community and surrounding communities by offering scholarships to the kids.
“Last year we gave out $400-$500 scholarships. Two of them go to Smith-Cotton and Sacred Heart, and two of them go to the surrounding area schools,” Sattler said.
Sattler was asked how much was raised at the event last year.
“Last year we grossed $8,800. The first year we raised more, because we had some sizeable donations,” Sattler said.
When asked about rider numbers from last year and his expectations for this year’s ride, Sattler replied, “I am hoping for what we had last year. Last year we had 375 registrations, but we had 207 motorcycles in the procession. We also had cars, truck and jeeps. It is an all-wheels deal.”
Sattler was asked how the event came about years ago.
“We had a line-of-duty death in Rick Morris. We’ve had three others in the Sedalia Fire Department. It started with wanting to do something for Rick, but it grew to include others.
“We were talking of doing a plaque at the fire station and it grew from there. I didn’t care what the money went for, I just wanted to do it. Scott Satterwhite secured the location at the park. To me, it is a heck of an addition for the city,” Sattler said.