History of the Red Knights in Print
During the summer of 1982 several firefighters were visiting "Randy's Cycle Shop" in Boylston, Massachusetts and the subject of motorcycle clubs came up. Soon they were all grousing about the fact that law enforcement people had a motorcycle club known as the Blue Knights but there was no club for firefighters. After this tire kicking session, owner Randy Wilson suggested to Ed Wright, a firefighter from Northboro, MA, that he stop talking about the lack of a club and form one instead.
Learn more about the history of the Red Knight Motorcycle Club, books are available for purchase from the Red Knight Regali at a cost of 99.00 plus shipping.
They will aso be available at the Yankee Rally (May 20–22, 2016) , Americade, (June 8, 2016) and at the Red Knights Convention( August 18-21, 2016)
Celebrating the Life of the Founding Father Dave Hamilton
On Saturday, January 2, 2016, MA 1 began the process of celebrating the life of Founding Father Dave Hamilton, who died December 29, 2015, after a brief period dealing with heart problems.
His calling hours were very well attended. Founding Fathers Wright, Wentzell, Tripp, Parker, Hunt, Bourassa and Beausoleil were present to wish the family well. Every Massachusetts chapter was represented, along with representatives from New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania. If I missed any, I am sorry, I didn't see everyone.
The International Board was represented by President Gadway, Secretary Snodgrass and Region 1 Director Mattera.
All together there were close to 100 Red Knights (if not more) that passed through the home to pay their respects. Firefighters from the area and many personal friends passed through as well. Dave's wife Jackie and his sons Kevin and Tim were overwhelmed with the support of the community, but mostly with his motorcycling family!
On Sunday, January 3, 2016, Dave's funeral service was held at the funeral home. After readings from the MA 1 Chaplain, the President's flag and coin presentation was completed. President Gadway presented an RKMC flag to Dave's wife Jackie. Secretary/Chaplain Snodgrass present an Angel Dime to Jackie, Kevin and Tim. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.
At approximately 13:45, a procession began from the funeral home in Northborough, MA, to the RKMC Memorial in Boylston, MA. The procession was led by Boylston FD Engine 1, followed by Dave's hearse. Seven motorcyclists that braved the near freezing temperatures were immediately behind, followed by all others.
An absolutely wonderful service was held at the Memorial - pictures have already been posted - complete with the release of balloons by Dave's grandchildren, a bag piper, a reading of the Fire Officer's Prayer and the ringing of Dave's last alarm, 4 rounds of Box 2.
For the Red Knights, this is a great loss, as Dave is the third of the eleven Founding Fathers to have now passed on. He joins Bob Goulet and Colin Mackey in the great ride in the sky. Dave was the very first president of the red knights, and the first International President as well. Of the eight remaining Founders, seven were present at his calling hours and six acted as pall bearers, along with MA 1 president Peter Stone and his son John.
A coalation was held in the Boylston Townhouse adjacent to the Memorial. Food and drinks were served. Memories and stories were shared, and the love for Dave was felt throughout the weekend.
We would like to thank all those that attended and participated in the weekend's events. We would like to thank all those that expressed kind words, thoughts and prayers both in person and through Facebook and other social media. Dave's family was truly pleased and grateful for all that was said and done on Dave's behalf, and so is MA 1. Without Dave there may have been no Red Knights, but, in a way, conversely, without all of you thee would be no Red Knights..
So, from Where It All Began, and from those of us still here, we ask and pray that you all help carry on Dave's legacy and help continue the growth of this wonderful organization. As we remain Red Knights Forever remember, most of all, to remain -
Loyal to our Duty