For Harley-Davidson’s EJ Wrzesinski, it was only fitting to give back to a group of people who had given so much to him – and the rest of the community.
Wrzesinski, along with Harley-Davidson of Frederick, Md. and the Loudoun First Responders Foundation teamed up to host an appreciation event for Loudoun County law enforcement, fire fighters and all first responders Aug. 19 in Leesburg.
“They’re putting their lives on the line every day, so we do what we can for them,” Wrzesinski said.
Wrzesinski said Harley-Davidson encourages all it’s locations to help sponsor events like these to both show appreciation for first responders and raise public awareness for what they do for the community. Many first responders ride Harley-Davidson vehicles, Wrzesinski said, so supporting them is “a natural fit.”
The Loudoun First Responders Foundation, a volunteer organization that raises funds for first responders, was also a logical partner for the appreciation event.
“(First responders) risk their lives, they pull people over and don’t know what’s on the other side of the glass, they go in to areas with domestic abuse, all those things where they could harm themselves, and they don’t even think about it,” LFRF president and CEO Ed Williams said. “But the public doesn’t think about them, unless we raise their awareness.”
The event allowed community members to interact with first responders including law enforcement officials and first fighters, as well as explore department vehicles like fire trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.
“It’s great for us to see the kids out here, the parents out here – it’s just wonderful,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “We’re happy to connect with the community the way we do and that we have the resources to do it.”