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Honor Mission
Michael Ridings, Veteran
USA – Fire, Vietnam
Cumming, Georgia – 05-13-20


Sadly, I inform you of a hero’s end of watch. The family of Michael Ridings has requested the PGR to stand for their loved one. We have told them it is our honor to do so. Michael served our country with honor in the US Army. He did one tour in Vietnam.  Mr. Ridings spent 28 years with the Dekalb Fire Department where he retired as Battalion Chief. He then served some time with the Alpharetta Fire Department. After he finally retired, Michael became a lay pastor for the United Methodist Church. One of his accomplishments was to help establish the “New Hope Ministry” in Marietta to serve homeless veterans.

Staging Time: 08:56 am

Ingram Funeral Home
210 Ingram Avenue
Cumming, Georgia 30040

Ride Captain:

Tom “Winger” Cissell
(770) 298-8031

Special Instructions:

Stage in the parking lot at the funeral home. Bring a face mask as it may be required. We will stand a silent flag line from 09:30 am until 11:00 am and stand down during the service. We will render honors when the fire department conducts honors. We will then escort the procession to Georgia National Cemetery. It will be cool in the morning, so dress accordingly. Because of COVID-19 we are not allowed into GNC as a group. We will lead the procession to the cemetery entrance and turn around at the roundabout. We will stop and render honors as the hearse and procession enter the cemetery. We will then stand down and depart.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Tom Cissell
Position: Georgia Ride Captain

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  1. My sincere condolences to the Family and Friends of this Hero. May He Rest in Peace.

    JJ Bishop, PGR
    SGT (Ret.), Henrico County Police, Virginia
    MCPO (Ret.), USCGR
    Hudson, FL

  2. Michael Ridings Mission Ride Report.
    The morning started overcast, cool, and with a threat of rain. I pulled onto GA 20 at Lathemtown behind Pete on his bike with sidecar. I followed him to Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming. Doc was already there with the flags.

    At approximately 9:10 AM we said the Pledge of Allegiance and Doc led us in prayer. I conducted the briefing. The flag line was set at the front doors of the funeral home shortly before 9:30 AM. In all, there were 10 PGR at the visitation and service. There was a large showing of fire fighters with multiple pieces of fire equipment present.

    Just before 11:00 AM we lined up with the fire fighter honor guard outside the visitation room and rendered honors as Michael was taken into the chapel. The PGR stood down. I entered the chapel for the service.

    The fire fighters conducted honors, folded and presented the flag and roses. I presented the condolence card and an Angel coin. The procession to Georgia National Cemetery in Canton was led by LEO, and some fire trucks followed by the hearse, family, friends, more fire personnel, and the PGR. There were a lot of fire equipment and fire fighters along GA 20 between Cumming and Canton to honor Michael as he passed by.

    In Canton near Butterworth road, the PGR (8 bikes and our tail gunner) passed the procession (as prearranged) and proceeded to the cemetery entrance. We circled the roundabout and stopped on the side of the road. We got off the bikes and rendered honors as the procession passed and entered the cemetery.

    Thank you to Doc and Reuben, and all the PGR that stood for Michael today. Welcome back to Johnathon and hope to see you on more missions. I assure you that the PGR made a difference today.

  3. My wife and I send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Michael Ridings. Thank you for your service to our country, your can rest in peace your job here on earth is done.

    Lamar SpeedyO Owen PGR
    U S Army Vietnam 1967-1968
    Riding in honor of my Brother
    James W. Owen, USAAC WWII

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