Day seven – Dedicated to Firefighter Melvin Champaign

Day seven – Dedicated to Firefighter Melvin Champaign

We started off with a 8:00 departure from Brunswick.  We were provided with police and fire escort out of brunswick.  we were blessed with an overcast day which made our speeds faster.  The support staff has been excellent with providing us with rest stops and plenty of food and water.  Upon our arrival in Savannah, we were staged at city of Savannah fire station.  Brother firefighters from the city of Savannah did not only open their firehouse to us but, also opened their union locker to us.  All riders were given a city of Savannah IAFF t-shirt.

Prior to reaching the fire station we passed the 500 mile mark of our trip.  While waiting at the fire station I contacted the Dave Elliot radio show to provide an update.  Mr. Elliot suggest upon or return to Naples he would like to have a contest to see which rider had the tightest butt.  We were hesitant to accept the offer until he advised Hooters girls would be doing the judging. 

Stay tuned for results of the judging!

After the interview we were escorted by the city of Savannah fire and police units to the Savannah Elks Lodge.  At the Lodge we presented the Brotherhood Ride appreciation plaque to the Exalted Ruler.  Many of the riders then took a refreshing break in the Elks pool.

We then got ready for a good nights sleep but were informed of a large bridge we had to cross before exiting Savannah the next day.  Most of the riders felt confident with their riding ability and already having crossed the Brundswick bridge, we would be able to concur this bridge as well.

We then turned in for a good night sleep.

7Comments
  • Quincy moore/ 29.08.2008Reply

    Thank you. My Uncle Melvin is missed greatly by my mother.His eldest sister Gardenia Champaign-Moore.Our entire family would like to take a moment. And express our gratitude.
    Thank you all ……

    His nephew Quincy Moore
    god be the glory

  • Quincy moore/ 29.08.2008Reply

    We love you
    Melly Mel
    Forever missed

  • Jeannetta Charity on behalf of Reuben/ 05.11.2008Reply

    Thank you so much for your love and compassion. I am writing on behalf of my son, Reuben Charity, Melvin’s youngest son.

    We would love to have future bulletins of your events. I just saw this today and am truly blessed. Melvin was a very athletic, lively compassionate person and he would have loved this idea of rememberance for them.

    God bless you.
    J

  • Jeannetta Charity on behalf of Reuben/ 05.11.2008Reply

    This will be added to our scrap book. 🙂
    J

  • Jeannetta Charity on behalf of Reuben/ 05.11.2008Reply

    When Melvin lived in Washington state, he was very much a part of non-profit work. I still meet people in the professional realm affected by him in wonderful ways. He & I met at a birthday party. He was an iron worker building the structure of the Convention Center in downtown Tacoma. He loved his children and he was ready to help people in need. He was so high energy, I couldn’t figure out how he could work from 7am – 4pm as an iron worker, wash the dishes before dinner, and then help someone I knew move. But he radiated energy and he was eager to put his best foot forward. Thank you for your site.

    J

  • Jeannetta Charity on behalf of Reuben/ 05.11.2008Reply

    Living out of state has not allowed me to connect with others in Charleston, SC, but your website provides an international touch that gives me the exposure to compassion that we needed.

  • Evieon Champaign/ 31.12.2008Reply

    Melvin Champaign was my father. I was the first born. I miss him dearly. Even though we lived on different sides of the world we still stayed in touch. No matter what the day was never over til one of us called to say our love yous and a prayer to lay us down with. He listened to my problems, he always knew when there was something wrong with me!!!!
    I love him lots!!!!!

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