January 1, 2023 at 6:34 pm #6671markwellsKeymaster
Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral service for Austin Fire Department Battalion Chief Travis L. Maher. Chief Maher served in the AFD for 23 years and was deployed to ground zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack at NYC. He passed away 6 months after being diagnosed with cancer. Mr. Maher was a close friend of Austin PGR ride captain Keith Brown.
More about his life can be read here when posted: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/austin-tx/travis-maher-11085547
Date/Time: Tuesday, 03 January 2023. Funeral service begins at 1:30 pm.
Location: Shoreline Church, 15201 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX. Location of PGR motorcycle parking yet to be determined. Semper Gumby.
map link: https://goo.gl/maps/uVZSs8HXfCs
12:00 – 12:40 pm – Staging
12:40 pm – Briefing
12:50 pm – Flag line
Wx: High 72 F, partly cloudy
Notes: This mission is a flag line at the church. We will form the flag line in front of the church prior to the start of the walking procession of uniformed first responders. Details and timelines may change, so again, semper gumby. After the start of the service we will strike the flag line and depart quietly.
Ride Captain: Mark Wells, firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-470-0380
Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson
Please attend in gratitude for this firefighter’s long service to our community and nation.January 3, 2023 at 4:17 pm #6677markwellsKeymaster
We were humbled to be part of such a moving event as hundreds of uniformed first responders, family, and friends paid their final respect to Chief Maher.
Two PGR big flag bikes accompanied the law enforcement escorted procession from the funeral home up to Shoreline Church. Then, 14 PGR formed a flag line along the route of the foot procession which followed, consisting of bag pipers, color guard, many uniformed personnel, and the fire truck bearing Chief Maher. Once everyone had entered the church, we struck the flag line and departed.
Thank you again to Don Ferguson for bringing the flags and staking many in front of the church well prior to the start. And thank you to all who attended this memorable mission.January 6, 2023 at 7:27 pm #6686SquibbyModerator
Chief Maher was one of my best friends. I want to Thank those that showed up in support of the family and all the friends that were in attendance.
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