The grand re-opening of Triple S Harley's new location off of Interstate 79 and exit 155 was held in conjunction with the Sergeant Todd May Memorial Weekend.
On February 18th, 2012 Monongalia County Sergeant Michael Todd May was killed while on duty and pursuing a suspected DUI.
Sergeant May majored in criminal justice at Fairmont State University. Each rider paid $20 to participate in the poker run and the proceeds raised will be used for a scholarship at FSU.
"It's for local residents who are majoring in criminal justice or a related field. The money also went to Fairmont State, what they call the '06 Program,'" said Deputy Sheriff Dan Oziemblowsky, from the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department. "Which basically is an investigative program where they investigate cyber crime and homeland security threats via Facebook and other social media like that."
A quilt and motorcycles were placed in the doorway of Triple S Harley to remember Sergeant May.
The grand re-opening was scheduled for the same time as the Memorial Weekend for months.
"Todd was a customer of ours and a friend of some of the staff so it was just something that we felt was very important," said Jennifer Shuttleworth, the General Manager at Triple S. "And we appreciate the Sheriff's Department and all of the first responders, so it's something that meant a lot to us and we wanted to participate in."
The riders set out from the new location and headed through Grafton, into Mannington, then back around to end at Triple S Harley for the after party.
May's brother led the poker run on Sgt. Todd May's bike. The Patriot Guard, other law enforcement officers, and people just showing their support followed.
"It's for a great cause and it's representing a great person everybody loves Sergeant May and it's a great way to show your support," said Deputy Sheriff Oziemblowsky. "He loved to ride and everybody else out here loves to ride too. So it's a good way to come out, if you're not already out here, come out and show your support for Sergeant May."
All of the events throughout the weekend are free of charge, including the Bucky Covington concert on Saturday, August 10 and the car cruise on Sunday, August 11.
Those who want to participate in the car cruise with a car or bike need to register at 10 a.m. There is a charge to have a car in the cruise.