The History of the
Red Knights Motorcycle Club
The History of the
Red Knights Motorcycle Club
During the summer of 1982 several firefighters were visiting "Randy's
Cycle Shop" in Boylston, MA 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.

Recognizing a good idea when he heard one, Ed Wright went home that
afternoon and made some hand-printed posters inviting firefighters
from the area to meet and determine if there was enough interest to form
a motorcycle club. On August 17th, 1982, Fire Chief Jack Pierce allowed
a small group of motorcycle enthusiasts to meet in Northboro Fire Headquarters
to lay the ground work for the formation of a motorcycle club.

On October 19th, 1982, firefighters Colin Mackey, Bob Bourassa, Ed Wright,
Roger Wentzell, Dave Hamilton, Bob Goulet, David Hunt, Jon Tripp, Don Parker,
Norm Beausoleil and Chief Pierce met again. There was interest in promoting
the positive image of motorcycling while enjoying the camaraderie of other
firefighters. It was decided then that this group would be known as
the Red Knights Motorcycle Club.

News of this new club spread like a grass fire. In July 1983, a chapter was
formed in Connecticut. In October of that year a second Massachusetts
chapter was formed. Soon applications came in from such distant places as
Nevada and Louisiana.   In August 1983 the founding members realized the
organization was rapidly growing beyond their original expectations.
To properly handle this growth they elected a committee to serve as a National
Board of Directors. With applications from Ontario and Saskatchewan, Canada,
the club became the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club.

As a result of the seed that was planted at Randy's in 1982, there are now more
than 300 Red Knights chapters and
10,000 members throughout the world.

The Geneva, NY Chapter 30 was officially chartered on September 5, 2006.

Historical information from the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club website, www.redknightsmc.com
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