The Ride for the Blue was founded in 2015 when I decided to honor all the law enforcement agencies throughout Ventura County. The first ride was simple. A group of my friends who ride motorcycles met at a shopping center in Simi Valley and headed off to the local police stations to say, “thank you for your service to our community.” Over the next several years the Ride for the Blue continued to grow.
On November 7th, 2018, my hometown Thousand Oaks would forever change. A local Country Western bar, “Borderline”, was the scene of a mass shooting that took the lives of 12 innocent friends from our community, including Sgt. Ron Helus who responded to the “shots fired call”.
Upon arrival, he confronted a lone shooter and engaged in a gun battle. In doing so, he was able to save the lives of over 200 patrons that evening. Unfortunately, Sgt. Helus was shot multiple times and succumbed to his injuries the next day.
To honor Sgt. Helus for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice, in 2019 I changed the name of the ride to The Sgt. Ron Helus Ride for the Blue.
In 2020 after Covid 19 spread throughout the United States, I realized that all First Responders (Fire, Police, Dr.’s, Nurses, EMS) should all be honored and recognized. After postponing the 2020 ride due to the pandemic, in 2021 I renamed the ride to the Sgt. Ron Helus Ride for the Blue – Honoring All First Responders of Ventura County.
On July 10, 2021, we had over 275 riders participating in the ride, visiting 10 police stations throughout the county in one day, honoring our first responders (Police, Fire, Dr.’s Nurses, and EMS).
This year the Sgt. Ron Helus – Ride for the Blue Honoring All First Responders will be held Saturday June 4, 2022. We look forward to seeing everyone again and showing support to those that support our communities each day.
John Short III
The Sgt. Ron Helus – Ride for the Blue
Honoring All First Responders of Ventura County
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