Dallas Fire Department Recognizes Richard Jolly
At the 2007 Annual Dallas Fire Department Awards Banquet Richard Jolly, Chapter 8 President, was presented the Community Service Award.
Richard immediately commissioned an exact duplicate award plaque with one important exception. He had his name replaced with “Wind & Fire M.C.’ This plaque will be displayed on the Wind & Fire wall at Willies.
Incidentally, the 2007 Camp-I-Thonka-Chi total of $33,841.58 is not included in the totals listed below.
Below is the Nomination as submitted to the D.F.D.
Date: January 25, 2007
To: Eddie Burns, Chief thru: Channels
Dallas Fire Department
Subject: Community Service Award Nomination
In 2000 Richard Jolly, Engine 36 ”B”, assumed the Presidency of the Dallas Firefighters Chapter of Wind & Fire Motorcycle Club. The Club, established in 1991, is comprised of active and retired Fighters who ride Harley Davidson motorcycles. There are 149 chapters in 49 states and 21 countries. World wide membership is 3700. The primary focus of Wind & Fire is riding motorcycles and fellowship with fellow Firefighters across the United States and abroad. ..The secondary focus of the Wind & Fire Motorcycle Club is Charity. Worldwide, in 2006, Wind & Fire Motorcycle Club raised $103,513.00 for charity.
As President of the Dallas Firefighters Chapter of W&FMC Richard Jolly has distinguished himself as follows:
Since 2000 there have been three Dallas Firefighters who have suffered potential career ending ON DUTY INJURIES. Under Richard’s direction, Dallas Firefighters Chapter of Wind & Fire MC organized three fund raising efforts to assist these three fellow Firefighters during their long rehabilitations. On behalf of the Members of D.F.R. a total of approximately $44,000.00 was collected and distributed to Dan Carter, Eric Beal, and Stuart Wall.
Collecting funds for The Parkland Burn Foundation is another of our Chapters annual events. In 2003 the Dallas and Irving Chapters of Wind & Fire MC banded together to raise money to support Camp I-Thonka-Chi. This is a one week long burn camp supported by the Parkland Burn Foundation for Children who have suffered serious thermal burns. Typical enrollment is around sixty kids. We collect funds in May and donate them to the Parkland Burn Foundation. In June, during the week of the Burn Camp we ride to Camp I-Thonka-Chi, in Meridian, and spend the day with the kids. The Kids really enjoy seeing, sitting on, and having their pictures made on and around the Harleys. Dallas and Irving Wind & Fire join volunteers from the Carrolton and Ft Worth Fire Departments who provide a hamburger lunch.
For the last Five years the Dallas Firefighters Chapter of Wind & Fire has helped with the N.F.L Holiday House. This is a project funded by the National Football League Retired Players Association that builds and donates a house to a needy and deserving family around Christmas time. The Dallas Firefighters Chapter in the past has mustered volunteers to do the painting on this project. Richard assumes the responsibilities of acquiring all necessary tools and materials, getting them delivered the site on time and his biggest challenge…. getting enough volunteers to do the work.
Since 2000 Richard has been the driving force behind these three noble efforts. He spends hundreds of hours annually keeping these projects moving forward. Without his leadership and dedication these worthwhile projects would not have even been undertaken, much less completed. Since 2003 Dallas and Irving Wind & Fire have collected over $53,000.00 for the Kids. Richard is by far the most active and successful fundraiser for this event.
For his tireless and successful efforts over the past years to these previously non existent ( but now they seem necessary) causes I nominate Richard Jolly for the 2007 Dallas Fire Rescue Department Community Service Award.
G.W. Lovell , Captain
Truck 43 “C”