|Published:||Apr 20, 2013 11:28 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 20, 2013 11:28 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fl. - It's a poker run that brings together law enforcement, military and emergency responders. The defenders law enforcement motorcycle club hosted the ninth annual Deputy Pat Healey Poker Run Sunday.
They lined up. They geared up. They started up. Bikers from different law enforcement agencies across the board, olice, sheriff's deputies...
"Fire, emt and military members," says Lincoln Barton.
All brought together to honor fallen heroes.
"It's a fraternity and a brotherhood and when one goes down we all go down and we all bleed blue if that makes any sense," he adds.
The 9th annual Deputy Pat Healey Poker Run started back in 2004 after the Lee County Sheriff's Deputy died in the line of duty. Since then the fundraiser has grown, raising more than 50-thousand dollars for those left behind when their loved one is taken too soon.
"We know that any day we go to work, we may not come home... I've been doing this for 30 years now, i've lost a lot of good brothers and sisters over the years. it breaks my heart every time," syas Augie Malagon.
This year's ride will help another one their own: Nathan Douglas. The FWC officer who lost his wife and two daughters in a tragic car crash on Alligator Alley back in January.
While it can't bring the fallen back, this ride honors their legacy.
"One of our mottoes is the brotherhood of one in other wards we're one person so it really is brotherhood that these 1200 people are my brothers and my sisters," Barton adds.
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