History of the Red Knights
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.
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 Beausleil 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 of 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 of 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.
History of the Chapter
This chapter was officially formed on July 29, 2011. But it started a few months before that. A few individuals met on an annual run called “Freedom Run”, it is a run to honor the fallen solders. These individuals started talking and sharing stories, one thing let to another and Red Knights MC was brought up in conversation. They all love the idea because of what is stands for and what it can do for the community. After the run was over and a few phone calls paperwork was filed and the chapter was born. Since then this chapter has lost some members and gained some new ones, but the meaning and purpose of it has not changed. This is a chapter with a group of great people and it had become a family. And this family just like any other is looking to grow and prosper.