August 26, 1994, was a day to remember for St. Paul and all Minnesota Residents. Officer Ronald Michael Ryan Jr. was shot and killed in the line of duty, checking on the man who was asleep in his car in St. Paul. The suspect also killed Officer Timothy James Jones the same day. Officer Ryan was a close family friend of Brian Livingston, who founded CrankyApe.com, an online powersport auction company, with Jay Adams.
Livingston and Adams have found a way to give back to the community and commemorate all fallen officers. A Harley Davidson motorcycle from the CrankyApe.com auction site is now being customized by Paul Jr. Designs, a chopper-style motorcycle builder. Paul Teutul, the owner of Paul Jr. Designs, has gained national recognition as the “junior” part of the Discovery Channel TV show, “American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr.” The re-done motorcycle will be publicly auctioned on the CrankyApe.com website with the proceeds being donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), a charitable organization that generates increased public support and commemorates the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. “I think about Officer Ryan and all he and his family lost and now we have an opportunity to give something back,” says Adams.
A surprise to all but the design team, the customized motorcycle will be unveiled in Florida on March 11, 2011, at Daytona Beach Bike Week. Bike Week is an annual rally with 10 days of racing, shows, concerts and street festivals, rivaling the Sturgis (South Dakota) rally in size and attendance. The unveiling ceremony by Paul Jr. Designs will be filmed for an episode of the television program, airing this spring.
In addition to the motorcycle whose auction proceeds will be donated to the NLEOMF, Paul Jr. Designs has built a completely custom chopper for the CrankyApe.com company, located in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Attending Bike Week and already buzzing with speculation, Paul Jr. fans and followers of the television show will be awarded a sneak-peek of the new creation at the same time as the charity bike.
“While nothing can compare to what these fallen officers have given, we hope to help gain recognition and support for such a great charitable organization whose focus is on remembering those who gave the greatest sacrifice to our communities,” says Livingston.
The unveiling and filming event at Bike Week is free and open to the public. Additional information can be found on the CrankyApe.com website. Later this spring the motorcycles will be brought back to Minnesota and displayed at the CrankyApe.com store, soon to be located in Lake Elmo, off I94. Livingston, Adams and the staff of CrankyApe.com encourage everyone to support the NLEOMF and its mission. More can be found at www.nleomf.org.