Here’s an article we published about a charity ride next month starting at Rockland Lake and looping through the county.
As a 22-year veteran of the New York Police Department, Detective Terry McGhee devoted much of his life to helping others.
But after a spinal cord injury left him paralyzed from the chest down, his friends are hoping to give him a break by throwing a charity bike ride in his honor.
On May 9, supporters will gather at Rockland Lake for the 40-mile ride that runs through Clarkstown, Orangetown, Piermont and South Nyack, then back to the lake.
The funds raised from the event, dubbed “Terry’s Ride,” will help build a wheelchair ramp at McGhee’s home.
“He’s a very caring person,” said Jim Conneely, who worked with McGhee in the Bronx homicide squad of the NYPD. “If there was ever a cop in trouble, he would do anything he could to help them.”
McGhee, 43, joined the force in 1987 and covered homicide in the Bronx. After the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, he became a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
“He was inspired by the 9/11 attacks,” Conneely said. “He was (at Ground Zero) almost every day, digging and trying to find any life.”
While in Portugal for work recently, McGhee suffered the spinal cord injury. He uses a wheelchair, with no use of his arms and limited use of his hands, friends said.
The benefit will include a 10-mile ride for those who don’t want to pedal the full 40 miles, said Robert Depaolis, a representative of Tour de Force, the national organization hosting the bike ride.
The ride will begin at 9 a.m. from parking lot 1 at Rockland Lake. Registration begins at 7 a.m. A post-ride party will be held at the site.
The ride will begin at 9 a.m. from parking lot 1 at Rockland Lake. Registration begins at 7 a.m. A post-ride party will be held at the site. The cost is $40 if forms are postmarked by April 24 The fee is $50 after April 24.
To enter the bike ride, visit www.tourdeforceny.com and click the “Terry’s Ride Application Form” link.