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Bike ride set to help out RCSO deputy

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

CONYERS -- The public will have a chance to help a public servant this weekend -- a Rockdale County Sheriff's deputy in need.

A group of RCSO deputies is hosting a benefit motorcycle ride Saturday to raise money to help another deputy who is going through a medical issue.

Lt. Mike Sellers said Deputy Matt Munger has a longtime medical condition and was struggling with treatment costs for a rare disease.

"This is trying to help someone who works every day in the community," Sellers said. "We're just trying to help another in the law enforcement family."

Registration for the event starts at 8:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 10:30 a.m. Participants should meet at the Park and Ride located on Sigman Road near RCSO. Registration cost is $25 per rider and $10 for passengers.

The ride will end in Rutledge for a cook-out.

"The Conyers Riding Association has a fellowship hall in Rutledge and they have volunteered and donated their facility to us," Sellers said.

Area businesses have also helped out, including Chick-fil-A, which is donating breakfast biscuits; Borders, which is donating coffee; and Solo Cup, which is donating paper products.

Sellers said the motorcycle ride is not an official RCSO event, but explained it is definitely for a worthy cause.

Without invading medical privacy, Sellers explained Munger was born with the medical issue.

"He's got a medical condition that was due to being premature at birth ... it's been an ongoing medical problem," Sellers said.

Munger has been going through outpatient treatments. All donations from the benefit ride will help in transportation and lodging costs, according to Sellers.

"We're just trying to raise some funds to help with some of the associated costs that insurance doesn't cover," Sellers said.

The idea of a benefit motorcycle ride came from a group of about six RCSO deputies who ride motorcycles.

"We knew that he needed some help," Sellers said.

There is no particular fundraising goal but organizers are trying to raise as much as they can.

Munger's family also has a fund at a local bank for those who may not participate Saturday but are interested in making a donation.

For more information, e-mail glencannon11@yahoo.com or mikesellers307@aol.com.