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Hundreds gather at fundraiser for Wolf family

Posted at 12:11 AM, Sep 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 00:11:42-04

Hundreds of people gathered in Livonia Thursday night to help the family of fallen Michigan State Police Trooper Chad Wolf who was killed in a crash while on motorcycle duty.

Tonight, a fundraiser was held for his family.

Word of mouth and social media brought dozens of riders to show their support for a man they say went above and beyond the call of duty. Tonight was their chance to return the favor.

For NozzleMen, Warthogs, and American legion riders, all roads led to Doc's Sports Retreat, where they gathered to remember one of their own.

“On the TV it seems that the police are the natural adversaries of motorcyclists, but that's not really true,” says Dan Wiseley of the American Legion Riders. “I mean, throw your stereotypes aside and riders are riders.”

Michigan State Police trooper Chad Wolf served on the motor unit.  He was killed in crash last month while on patrol.

“Here it is, tomorrow will be four weeks and here we are four weeks out and to see the crowd here today it's like people are not forgetting,” says MSP Lt. Mario Gonzales.

This fundraiser is aimed at helping Wolf's wife and four children.

“We knew Chad and, as soon as everything happened, we just decided we needed to give back to him and his family,” says Cheryl Stern.

The chance to give back was one the American Legion riders couldn't pass up. Many remembered the Iraq war veteran was part of the police escort for the traveling Vietnam Memorial Healing wall.

“You can't just say we support you, we're going to pray for you we want to show our support and for us to come out here we're showing our support," says American Legion Riders Papa Don.

“This is a place that Chad liked to come and eat with us as a family and like Cheryl said this is a big family and you can see it tonight,” says Trooper Josh Reeber.