In the spirit of camaraderie shared between firefighters, the Red Knights Motorcycle Club Rosenberg chapter invites the community to enjoy barbecue pulled pork sandwiches while helping a retired firefighter in his time of need.
Luther Bierwirth retired from firefighting after 20 years with Montgomery Fire Department and nine years with Cy-Fair Fire Department.
The RKMC, a motorcycle club comprised of firefighters and EMS professionals, is holding a benefit this Saturday for Bierwirth who had several strokes in 2019.
Bierwirth lost vision in his left eye as a result of the strokes rendering him unable to pass a Department of Transportation physical for his job as an owner-operator, according to the Facebook event page.
Jahbari Raggette, president of the RKMC Rosenberg chapter, said he wanted to use the motorcycle group to help Bierwirth and his family with medical bills after a long history together. Raggette said he is in constant contact with Bierwirth and even thinks of his wife, Melissa, like a mother.
“Me being a young guy coming into the service, he was actually there for me and taught me a lot of different things,” Raggette said. “He was kind of like one of my mentors. I’ve known him forever.”
Shelby Chancey, treasurer for RKMC Rosenberg chapter, said the event’s main goal is to help Melissa Bierwirth with bills as Luther Bierwirth is unable to work. Chancey said Bierwirth is also a close friend of hers.
“We want to help them with everyday bills,” she said. “Only one person in the house is working so it’s kind of hard to support a family on one income.”
Raggette said he tried to keep the event a secret from Bierwirth, but was found out.
“He’s wanting to help but we’re trying to keep him from helping us,” he said. “He’s one of those guys, he’s too proud. He doesn’t want to sit to the side and let everything go by, being a fireman. He’s like, ‘Nah, let me help.’”
Mancuso Harley-Davidson Crossroads, located at 12710 Crossroads Park Drive, Houston, is a friend of the club, Raggette said, and wanted to help by hosting the event. Raggette said he purchased his motorcycle from this location.