The Edmond Sun

October 23, 2013

Bikers honor Edmond detective, collect donations

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Local motorcyclists collected donations for the family of Edmond Police Detective Matt Terry before setting out on a memorial ride.

Jenny Monroe, spokeswoman for the Edmond Police Department, said before heading down Broadway for a memorial ride Sunday morning, the participants collected $1,308 for the fund set up for Terry’s family at BancFirst, P.O. Box 3370, Edmond, OK, 73083.

After the event, a generous citizen read about the ride in a report by The Edmond Sun and made a $2,500 donation, Monroe said.

“The generosity and kindness of the people in this community never ceases to amaze us,” Monroe said.

On Sunday, a mix of civilians and area first responders will be supporting the family during the Matt Terry Memorial Softball Tournament at Mitch Park, located near the Kelly-Covell intersection. The event is free. It will include a bracket-style event and a cops versus firefighters charity game. Pool play games will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the single elimination bracket begins at 2 p.m. The championship game will begin at 6 p.m.

A cops vs. firefighters charity game also will begin at 6 p.m. Each team will make a donation per run allowed. Check presentation for the family will be at 7 p.m.

On Oct. 2, Terry, 41, died suddenly of natural causes, according to his obituary. On July 15, 1995, Matt married the love of his life, Kathy, family members wrote. The light of his life was his daughter, Heather, age 14.

Terry’s entire 19-year law enforcement career was with the Edmond Police Department. He started as a patrol officer, and during the ensuing years was honored multiple times for his service.

Monroe said in addition to members of the Edmond Police Department and Edmond Fire Department, teams include other law enforcement agencies, local school booster clubs, private businesses and members of the media.

Silent auction items will include Thunder tickets, massage packages, spa treatments, oil changes, restaurant gift cards and a wine pull.

Items being raffled include two firearms and a Big Green Egg valued at $1,100. Citizens may buy raffle tickets before the event at the Police Department. Come to the records desk in the lobby. Best time is between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. through the end of the business day Friday. Cost is $5 for one ticket, $20 for five tickets or $100 for 30 tickets.

Fulll concessions will be open during the event. Commemorative wristbands, decals and T-shirts will be available. No item is priced more than $2. Donations will be accepted. | 341-2121, ext. 108