Tribe, Cycle Club Help Families Of Fallen Cops

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When they are not fighting crime, Gila County Sheriff's Lt. Adam Shepherd and Sgt. Craig Smith are cruising the highways on their Harleys -- and raising money for charity.

The Tonto Apaches are one of the major sponsors of a club called the Arizona Choir Boys. This group of leather-clad motorcyclists raises money for families of police officers and firefighters who are injured or killed in the line of duty.

"The Arizona Choir Boys are a group of motorcyclists who ride Harleys and are all police officers -- either active duty or honorably retired," Smith said. "We ride together and raise money for the families of fallen officers and firefighters in Arizona, Nevada, California and Texas and our money goes to the 100 Club."

The 100 Club is the national organization that disburses the funds to families in need, Shepherd said.

"If an officer is injured and off work, they can come in and immediately, within 24 hours, get a check for $2,000 if they are going to be off work for 30 days," Smith said. "If they are off work for six months, they get $5,000 of tax free money and it helps them with medical bills or their houses."

The 100 club has become so big in Dallas, that if an officer is killed in the line of duty, they come in and pay off the house, cars, credit card bills and the family gets a brand new start.

Smith and Shepherd thanked the tribe with a plaque Tuesday for their continued support of the Arizona Choir Boys and the 100 Club.

"The tribe has been corporate sponsors two years in a row which requires a donation of at least $5,000," Shepherd said.

For more information on the clubs, go to their websites at arizonachoirboys.org or 100club.org.

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