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Hometown Hero’s Ride to honor retired JSO Officer Lonnie Mills

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla — Hometown Hero’s Ride on Saturday will honor retired JSO Officer Lonnie Mills. The first police escorted Hometown Hero’s Ride will be held Saturday, starting and ending at Adamec Harley Davidson of St. Augustine, 380 Outlet Mall Blvd., St. Augustine.

Registration is from 8:30am to 10am and the ride kicks off at 10:30am. Registration cost is $25 per bike and the first 300 registered bikes include a ride t-shirt. Food trucks, vendors, live music, and raffles will also be on-site.

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When Lonnie J. Mills retired after more than three decades of service to law enforcement, he was excited to take up new hobbies and spend more time with his family. Unfortunately, on March 10, 2022, Mills was rear ended by a distracted driver in a residential neighborhood and the accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.

One of Mills’ best friends, Mike Minter, has helped organize the first Hometown Hero’s Ride to take place on Saturday, July 23 to benefit Builders Care, the nonprofit arm of Northeast Florida Builder’s Association (NEFBA), to fund the construction needs of local first responders and military vets.

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“Lonnie is a special individual,” explained Minter. “He has and will continue to touch the lives of those around him. He has always been a beacon of light to those in need. He is one of the most giving people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and calling a friend. He is the first person to step up to the plate to help. Now, for the first time in his life, he is in need.”

Like Mills, many first responders and military vets who are injured either on or off the job need mobility assistance in the form of wheelchair ramps and other construction needs.

Since 2001, Builders Care, has been meeting those needs for the elderly, disabled people, and other nonprofits in the area.

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“When I was asked if Builders Care would be interested in partnering with Adamec Harley for a motorcycle fundraiser that would benefit our local first responders and military veterans, I immediately replied, ‘Absolutely!,’” said Krissy Barkas, executive director of NEFBA.

“We take great pride in supporting first responders and military veterans and are often asked to help build ramps or make home modifications for our local heroes. So, to be a part of this great event is an honor that will help Builder’s Care be able to help many more of the heroes who have served and protected us.”

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Sydny Pepper, Action News Jax

Sydny Pepper is a digital reporter and content creator for Action News Jax.

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