Blessing of the Bikes

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Motorcycle riders braved the cold weather Friday morning, participating in a ride in honor of a fallen Birmingham police officer killed on his personal motorcycle.  But the ride turned dangerous, the exact thing the event was trying to prevent.

The 4th Annual Joseph Hill Blessing of the Bikes Memorial Ride started with a prayer from Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper, hoping for the safety and well being of all riders.
"I do a prayer of safety and protection but I pray for our city.  It's the first day of the year..its our prayer Birmingham is safer than last year," Roper said. 

But shortly after the event started, a scary situation when one of the riders ended up lying on Interstate 20-59, his bike on its side.  The injured biker is okay, but it's the exact situation riders are trying to prevent.

Walter Williams, President of the Birmingham Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers says, "we want the blessing of god on all riders for the whole this becomes more popular, we want them to know the importance of having the blessing of god as they ride those motorcycles."

The reason for the ride, Birmingham Police Sergeant Joseph Hill was killed whiel riding hispersonal motorcycle on a trip to Louisiana.   Friday's event, in honor of Hill, the founder of the Birmingham Champter of the Buffalo Soldiers.  It's a reminder of why these riders need to be so careful.