More than 200 bikers ride in support of workers on the pandemic front line in Michigan

B-N.C – The sound of more than 200 motorcycle engines thundered off the walls of McLaren Port Huron Saturday morning. Riders waved and held signs in support of the hospital’s employees, some of whom waved back from windows and doorways, their faces barely visible through their personal protection equipment.

The ride was one of several recent events aimed at honoring hospital employees who are working through the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our employees have been so appreciative of the kindness the general public has shown,” McLaren Port Huron spokeswoman Ginger Petrat said in a text message. “From a motorcycle ride to a first responders’ parade, and numerous food and supply donations to an organized prayer, it’s incredible to see the community come together to support our frontline workers during these difficult times.” 

The event was organized by Rick Umphrey, of Port Huron, with the help of the Mercy Riders motorcycle club, after seeing his friends that work in the medical field becoming burnt out from working during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Everybody’s talking negative stuff,” said Umphrey, who drives a tow truck for Steve’s Towing. “We’re getting everybody out and thinking positive instead of negative.

“I ride a motorcycle all the time, and that’s what I like doing. I know a lot of people and we figured we’d get together and do it. It’s a good cause.”

In addition to the ride, they delivered lunch to McLaren Port Huron, Lake Huron Medical Center and River District Hospital. Food for lunch was donated by Chicken in the Rough and Jet’s Pizza in Port Huron.

Riders began to gather under the Blue Water Bridge about 10 a.m. Saturday morning and set off at noon. The group rode past McLaren Port Huron before heading downtown, past the Municipal Office Complex and Tri-Hospital EMS. From there, they went to Lake Huron Medical Center before heading south to River District Hospital.

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Source: The Times Herald