Roger Rice Ride-On Fund Benefits from Memorial Ride

The 8th Annual Deputy Roger Rice Memorial Ride was held Sunday afternoon with the ride beginning and ending at Destination Powersports on US 76 between Laurens and Clinton.

Motorcycles began gathering about Noon on Sunday and by 2:00 pm there were well over 100 of them that pulled out on a ride on Highway 76 to Clinton then on SC 72 toward Mountville, with a turn onto Lisbon Road. Then up to US 221 near Maddens Station and up Highway 221 to Laurens then eventually back to Destination Powersports.  The riders were escorted by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department and Laurens Police Department along the route.

The Memorial Ride remembers Laurens County Deputy Sheriff Roger Dale Rice, Jr. who was killed in the line of duty in July of 2011.  It is also the primary fundraiser for the Roger Rice Ride On Fund.  The fund is a hardship fund used to assist first responders in our area who are struggling financially due to some unforeseen circumstance.  The fund has assisted first responders who had experienced a house fire or serious illness in order to keep them on their feet financially so that their minds can be focused completely on their jobs.

The Father of Deputy Rice, Roger Dale Rice, Sr., thanked all of the volunteers, the law enforcement officers and the many motorcyclists for honoring his son and providing the money that makes the Ride On Fund work.