Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Kevin Unruh Fallen Officer Poker Run - Billings Montana

Written by  November 30, 2015

The Iron Warriors MC, Beartooth Montana Chapter, are a group of firefighters and police officers who each year, for the past 10 years, have hosted a fundraiser to benefit the firefighters and police officers (and their families) who have been wounded or lost their lives in the line of duty.

Last year the group lost one of their own, Kevin Unruh, who lost his battle with Mesothelioma, so this year, in his honor, they renamed the event to the Kevin Unruh Poker Run. Kevin was with the Billings Police Department from 1984-2009 and became Sergeant in 1994. Sometime afterward, he got into rebuilding and painting old classic cars.

It was a pretty hot, dry and hazy day on August the 29, 2015, as the bikes rolled into Beartooth Harley-Davidson in Billings, Montana to register for the ride and draw their first card. It was a hazy day because there were wildfires off in the distance, but that wouldn’t be enough to deter the over 50 riders who showed up in support of this event.

Being in Montana, there are plenty of casinos and bars, which makes for some interesting poker run stops. After saddling up and leaving the Harley shop, the next stop was at 4 Aces Bar & Casino in Hardin. Stop number three was at the Junction City Saloon in Custer, and then on to Blue Cat Bar & Grill in Huntley before returning to Billings for the final draw. Tiny’s Tavern played host to the last stop, and provided food and drinks for the riders.

There was a ton of cool things to give away, like shirts, hats, trips to the winery, and much more, that was generously donated by several local businesses. As a way to raise a few more dollars for the event, the group also sold raffle tickets for some of the larger, nicer items that were donated, and awarded the high and low poker hand winners of the day.

Nestled in with the 50 some odd bikes for the ride were a handful of classic cars. One of Kevin‘s passions was rebuilding old classic cars, and some of them turned out to show their support.

Kevin is survived by his wife Andrea and son David, who along with daughter-in-law Michelle, were in attendance of the event.

The organizers of the event would like to extend their gratitude to Beartooth Harley-Davidson, Stogies, all of the “stop” locations; especially Tiny’s Tavern, for taking such good care of everyone. Also a special thanks to Angry Hanks Brewery, Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, and Mac Tools. We could not have done this without your help and that of the riders, so much thanks to you all!

Adding to the proceeds from the poker run, was the proceeds from a gun raffle that was held earlier. The Iron Warriors also led a parade in honor of Kevin at this years Burn the Point Annual Classic Car Show in Billings Montana, where they also had a concession stand with burgers, dogs, polish dogs, and pulled pork sandwiches. They kindly donated all the proceeds from that concessions stand.

At the end of the day, the event raised more than $2,000!