ROCKINGHAM – Richmond County’s motorcycle and music communities are coming together this weekend to help someone who has spent over a decade helping others.
Richmond County Rescue Team volunteer Zach Long was injured last Halloween while in a wreck with a drunk driver.
He was airlifted to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill where he spent 28 days with a broken pelvis and knee, a broken leg and nerve damage to his left leg. During that time, he’s had multiple surgeries – and is probably ahead of the game.
Since his release, Long has been confined to a wheelchair or a walker and has not been able to work.
Long joined the Rescue Squad in 2008 because he “wanted to help people.” His desire to be a first responder was prompted by the still unsolved murder of his older brother, Franklin, in Salisbury in 2002.
Long said he was grateful to Chef Scott Waters, Mike Stokes and the rest of the team “for being there for me … for everything they’ve done.”
“Zach has done a lot for a lot of people here in the community,” said Sarah Holder, one of Long’s nurses, who organized the benefit to help pay for his medical bills. “And I think it’s about time we did something for him for everything he’s done. He has a big heart and he would do anything for anyone.
Pedro, a member of the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club, will lead the race, which leaves Double Vision at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Registration starts at noon, $ 10 for single riders, $ 20 for doubles.
“I hope we have a good turnout… and a lot of friendly faces and a lot of love and support,” Holder said.
Other fundraisers for the event will come from the sale of barbecues and chicken plates, a 50/50 raffle and the door prizes offer, which were donated by many businesses in the county. of Richmond.
Long’s godmother being Robin Roberts, manager of Hudson Brothers Deli, he’s been a regular at the restaurant since he was a kid and even now.
Guitarist Chuck Smith, who worked at Hudson Brothers, remembers Long’s arrival as a child.
Smith has put on a multi-act concert that will start around 5:30 p.m. and run through the night with several local musicians including Eric Whitfield, Nikki Fletcher, Charles Trotter, Ducky Medlock and members of Aftermath and the band. de Smith, the Safety Committee, and other guests.
There will be a $ 5 cover charge with all proceeds going to the cause.
On Thursday, Long thanked the Rockingham Fire Department and FirstHealth EMS crews who responded to the sinking that fateful night, and Double Vision owner Richard Robinson for hosting the event.
“We just want to thank everyone for the love and appreciation they have for him,” said Long’s dad, Watt Long.