Picture yourself at night, zero dark thirty, in a valley in the desert were the chill is overwhelming. You are with a special group of four that are part of a team called BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical Unit). Your mission is to combat bandits and search them out in a well known trail where they prey on people stealing their money & food, transport Drugs or just simply enter our Country without proper documentation. Brian A. Terry was part of that mission on December 15, 2010. Brian previously served in the Marines then joined Law enforcement but felt his calling was Border Patrol and to be the Best.
On December 15th, they encountered a small group and started their routine procedures when shots rang out and Life as Brian A. Terry knew and enjoyed it ended. EOW (End of Watch) is what they call it. Of course, as news and the political groups got a hold of this tragic event, rumors went in all directions and still are. The fact remains that Brain A. Terry lost his life while protecting us. What can we do to show our appreciation? We can pay it forward to the Brian A. Terry Memorial Scholarship Fund.
It all started from a possible event to take place in Benson AZ. I contacted a few officers on the flier to see about attending and to see if I could be of any help. The place of the event was to be scheduled at the Arena Bar located at 250 N Prickly Pear Ave, Benson AZ. (520) 586-9983 . This site has a huge area with plenty of camping and great food along with cold refreshments. The Hired Guns MC and Brush Dawgs MC were getting together to raise money by conducting a poker run and selling memorial arm bands and items for the cause along with accepting donations for the Border Patrol Scholarship Fund and Families of Fallen Law Enforcement Officers. Many complements to all who put on the event (A lot of work went into this for a great cause)!
On April 16th 2011, The BPA Brian A. Terry Memorial / Benefit Ride started at The Arena Bar and riders showed up from California, Texas and parts unknown. Registration was from 9:30 to 11:00 unless you pre-registered. Now, we all know how great we Bikers are at pre-registering. Of course, the line was out of hand and the volunteers for this event never had a chance to take a break. Vendors were set up. Breakfast Burritos were being served and you could smell the lunch being prepared for us upon our return. Riders just kept showing up, shaking off the dust, and walking to the Bar to replenish what fluids they may have sweated out.
The honor guard staged the Flags, speeches of honor were given, and awards and donations were given to Brain’s Mother who came out along with his Sister and two close Buddies from Michigan. Then, it was time to start our engines. The poker run to benefit Brian involved picking up beads at each stop; red, white, blue, green and yellow. As a group, we left The Arena Bar and headed to The American Legion Hall located at 225 E. Allen St. in Tombstone. Then we continued to the city of Bisbee to Cochise County Choppers at 402 Bisbee Rd. who provided water and a place to regroup. Our next stop was Cochise Motorsports at 2300 Avenida Cochise in Sierra Vista and then a short ride to Sierra Vista Harley Davidson located at 176 W. Fry Blvd Sierra Vista. Our last stop was Chosin Firearms at 2133 N Hwy 90 Huachuca City where we received our final bead (Yellow).
Our total journey was around 130 miles through the most sincere/peaceful southwest country-side and we ended back at the Arena Bar in Benson to check our luck with a good poker hand, some great pulled pork lunch/dinner with all of the fixins and of course some much needed refreshments. Live Bands were on stage jamming and the vendor booths were full. It was an all out great gathering in honor of BPA Brian A. Terry.
There are so many people to thank for their time and dedication to this cause. The Hired Guns MC in conjunction with the Brush Dawgs and over 60 riders from Texas called the Placas LEMC that headed out to the event as well as the riders from all over. Also present was The Patch Lady, Sunglass Guy, and Law Tigers just to name a few of the many vendors. I was told over 550 riders registered but it seemed like more. Big thanks to George Childress from QuickThrottle Magazine who shot pictures from a camera that made mine look like a toy. You can check out his pictures atwww.maineventimaging.com. They are fantastic! Thank you to my daughter Christina who took photos from the road.
You can donate through many channels and also receive a commemorative coin for a $30 or more donation via mail: J Epperson, P.O. Box 3231, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also get involved in person at any National Bank of Arizona. Get a receipt for any $30 or more donation and mail it to J Epperson, P.O. Box 3231, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636.
Thanks for your service Brian Terry! You will be missed but not forgotten!
Wild Bill, George Childress and Christina