Brotherhood on wheels: Law enforcement motorcycle club promotes civic activity
Members of the Twin Pike Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club include: from left, club president Josh Baker, Todd Moore, Darrell Sandy (seated) and Ralph Quick.
The stereotype of motorcycle clubs all being outlaw Hell’s Angels types is long gone.
These days, motorcycle clubs include people of good reputation in all walks of life who simply like to give back to their communities and feel the wind in their face as they hit the open road.
That is particularly true of The Twin Pike Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, headquartered in Louisiana.
The chapter is one of 62 nationally, all of which are made up of current or past law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency personnel or penal institution employees.
“Being a law enforcement or emergency officer can be a high-stress job,” said Twin Pike Chapter President Josh Baker, a Pike County sheriff’s deputy. “Getting on a bike takes all your troubles away and we all just love motorcycles. The mission is to improve the brotherhood.”
“I like the ideals behind it,” said club member Todd Moore, a case manager at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green. “We support local law enforcement and give support to the community.
“It makes me feel good,” Moore said. “I like the fellowship of the whole thing.”
Club member Darrell Sandy is a Louisiana-area resident and recreation director at the Womens Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia.
“It’s a family-oriented club,” Sandy said while standing inside the chapter’s clubhouse in Louisiana. “We have suppers here with the kids, wives and significant others. It’s about brotherhood, helping the community and riding.”
Defenders members are never in trouble when they’re on the road, Sandy said. Chapter member Jody Blaylock found that out when his motorcycle recently broke down in Florida.
“The chapter down there came and got him and put him up for the night,” Sandy said.
“One of the reasons I got in was the brotherhood and camaraderie,” said Ralph Quick, a furniture maker in Clarksville who used to be a Wentzville police officer. “The main thing is being out there in the wind.”
Another component is service to the community, Quick said.
With his long, white beard, Quick followed up a chapter fund-raiser last year for Bowling Green cancer victim Abbi Lucas.
“She wanted to see Santa before she died and I was able to do that,” Quick said. “We also do all the Honor Flights,” escorting the bus full of area military veterans back to Quincy, Ill. after their free trip to the monuments in Washington, D.C.
The group’s current fundraiser is for Zac Schuler, a nine-year-old Bowling Green youth with brain cancer.
Other fundraisers have been done for the Hope Center in Bowling Green, the Louisiana Boy Scouts and for the Twin Pikes Family YMCA aquatic center, Baker said.
While the civic duties are a main component of the club, the glue remains riding motorcycles together.
“The main thing is being out in the wind,” Quick said.
To learn more about the club, look up the Twin Pike Defenders Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/twinpikedmc.
Those interested can also call Baker at 573-560-0711.