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Cruzin 4 Conor Memorial Bike Ride Saturday

Fundraiser to bring awareness and safety

Photo by Elaine Rackley
Henry County Police Department (HCPD) Motorcycle Unit is scheduled to host “Cruzin 4 Conor Memorial Bike Ride” Saturday in Locust Grove. The memorial bike ride is in remembrance of 11-year-old Thomas Conor Burch who was killed in April. Pictured is the HCPD leading Burch’s funeral procession, following services at St. James Catholic Church in McDonough.

Photo by Elaine Rackley Henry County Police Department (HCPD) Motorcycle Unit is scheduled to host “Cruzin 4 Conor Memorial Bike Ride” Saturday in Locust Grove. The memorial bike ride is in remembrance of 11-year-old Thomas Conor Burch who was killed in April. Pictured is the HCPD leading Burch’s funeral procession, following services at St. James Catholic Church in McDonough.

A special division of the Henry County Police Department (HCPD) is scheduled to host “Cruzin 4 Conor Memorial Bike Ride.”

The memorial bike ride is in remembrance of 11-year-old Thomas Conor Burch, who died after being hit by a vehicle in April.

“Cruzin 4 Conor Memorial Bike Ride” is scheduled for Saturday, with registration at 8 a.m., and kickstand up at 11 a.m., in front of the American Pie Pizzeria located at 660 Peeksville Road in Locust Grove.

“The bike route will begin in Locust Grove at American Pie and continue to Georgia Highway 81 traveling east and return to Locust Grove at American Pie,” said Turner.

The cost is $25 per motorcycle and includes a T-shirt. T-shirts will also be available for purchase for $10.

All of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the Conor Burch Memorial Fund at Heritage Bank in McDonough. Organizers are requesting that people donating to “Cruzin 4 Conor Memorial Bike Ride,” make all checks payable to the Burch Memorial Fund. The account number is 79043289.

“Cruzin 4 Conor Memorial Bike Ride” is being sponsored by the HCPD Motorcycle Unit.

The Henry County Police Motorcycle unit led a large funeral procession en route to the youngster’s interment at the Locust Grove Cemetery.

“We wanted to organize this event to support the Burch family in their time of need,” said HCPD motorcycle officer Jesse Turner, a co-coordinator of the “Cruzin 4 Conor Memorial Bike Ride.” Turner has been with the police department for five years.

HCPD motorcycle officer Johnny Cunningham is the other coordinator for the event.

“When an unexpected tragedy like this happens, it affects us all,” said Cunningham. “I am fortunate to be able to seize the opportunity to help ease the burden, whether it be financially or emotionally.”

Cunningham has been with the police department for 19 years.

“This tragedy could have affected any member of our unit or police department,” said Turner. “It also gives the motor unit an opportunity to promote safety and awareness for Henry County residents. ... We hope to have a big turn out, so far we have three chapters of a police group, called the Iron Warriors.”

The Locust Grove community wants the opportunity to honor the youngster, he added.

“I have had several phone calls from people who cannot participate in the bike ride but are donating, because they knew him and they wanted to help the family in any way they could,” continued Turner.