Bikers rally for deputy, family

EMOTIONAL APPRECIATION – Sheri Judd, center, wife of injured Gillespie County Chief Deputy Jim Judd, flanked by daughter Linda and son-in-law Mike Goy, thanks a crowd of about 50 riders at Saturday’s benefit motorcycle ride to help the family recover medical expenses after a June 25 auto accident. Jim Judd remains in a quadriplegic state from injuries sustained in the wreck, which also claimed the life of David Charles Meurer, 24, of Fredericksburg. Goy said riders and many others donated to help the Judd family cover medical expenses. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

Motorcycle riders and many others in autos rallied on Saturday to show support for injured Gillespie County Chief Deputy Jim Judd and his wife, Sheri.

About 50 motorcyclists, riding about 30 bikes, took part in a benefit ride on Saturday to help cover medical expenses after the deputy and his wife were severely injured in a June 25 wreck that claimed the life of the driver of the other auto involved. The chief deputy remains in a quadriplegic state and wife Sheri, wearing a neck brace, was scheduled for surgery on Tuesday.

“The fundraiser was very successful and it’s still bringing in donations, which will help with medical bills,” said Mike Goy, organizer and son-in-law to the Judds. “We are extremely thankful for all the support. This is an awesome community and the Lord really makes it a blessing to live here.”

Goy said the original 50 bikers were joined by another 50 people at the Salt Lick, adding another 33 motorcycles to the convoy. 

Jim Judd was an avid motorcyclist as well, and Goy said Judd had joined other riders on a 270-mile trek just three days before the auto accident.

“We appreciate everyone who has been collecting,” Goy said. “They face a lifetime of medical expenses and there was a lot that insurance did not cover and is coming out of their pockets.”

Sheri Judd was on hand Saturday to greet visitors and well-wishers. Her husband has 38 years of law enforcement experience.

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