One of our employees, Kenny (BearKiller
), failed to show up for work on July 1st 2003 and
since he is one of our most reliable employees who is always the first one here in the morning we started to worry
about him right away, especially since he rides his motorcycle to work every day. We started calling the police
departments in the area asking about reports of motorcyclists being in accidents this morning. We quickly found out
about one accident and was told to call a local hospital to see if it was him or not. We called the hospital and sure enough,
it was our employee Kenny that was involved in the accident.
At first it seemed he just suffered a few broken bones. But later in the day we got the details from his buddy Barry:
A mini-van decided it was going the wrong way and tried to make a U-Turn from the right lane...Kenny was in the lane just to the left
of the van and had no time to maneuver and broadsided the van....looking at his injuries and his riding gear it looks like the bike
went down on his leg and he hit the lower side of the van with his face, shoulder and arm. Here's the final tally:
Broken jaw (both sides), cracked vertebrae is his neck, broken collar bone, broken shoulder blade. His lower right leg is so shattered
that they can't even pin it back together.
The Dr. says he's gonna be laid up for 4-6 months. He's now home and in pretty good spirits all things considered. His jaw has been
wired shut since shortly after the accident and he gets it unwired on 8/12/03. He says the first thing he wants to do is order a pizza!
The poor guy has been getting all of his meals through a straw for a while now and has lost a lot of weight.
The driver of the van was unlicensed, but the owner was in the passenger seat...he's insured. Kenny has hired a good lawyer that
specializes in motorcycle accident victims (he even rode up on his Harley to see Kenny in the hospital) so Kenny should hopefully be
taken care of and compensated for his pain and suffering, not to mention his outrageous hospital bills!
We are all pulling for Kenny and wish him a speedy and complete recovery.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Kenny got released from the hospital and is back home.
Kenny had been exchanging a few emails with some Marines that are currently stationed in Kuwait. One of them, a man by the name of Master Sargent Jeff Griswold
sent Kenny the following email:
We would like to do something for you, we have flown a Flag over the Tactical Air Command Center in Almed Al Jaber, Kuwait in your honor and would like to send it to you.
Could you please send us your address so we can get it to you. Get well soon. God Bless!
Master Sergeant Jeff L Griswold
Acting Sergeant Major Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron
Marine Air Control Group 38
3rd Marine Air Wing
Kenny was blown away, to say the least! We here at Cruiser Customizing were so touched by this gesture that we emailed Jeff to thank him and offer to send him a Cruiser Customizing t-shirt
to say "thanks" for doing this for Kenny. Here was his reply:
We would love a T-Shirt; however, it isn't a selfless gesture if we receive something for it. As Marines, we actually believe all that honor, courage,
and commitment stuff that others only give lip service to. Our thanks is in the product that guys provide. Let me see if I can tell you what I mean.
During the war, a lot of our Marines were scared and preoccupied with what they were going to face in the coming days. One of my Staff Sergeants is an
ardent rider and loves to customize his rides. So we started talking among ourselves about what we would do with the bikes we were going to get when we
got home, if we got home. The guys that had bikes told the rest about the freedom of riding and the joy of being on the road. It caught like wild fire,
even I decided to buy a bike. Everyone talked about what they were going to do to customize their bike, even if they didn't have one. They were all going to buy one.
For the first time in a long time, everybody had something on their mind besides being far from home in a place where everyone wanted to kill us. Some of the Marines
have gone home already, a few even bought the bikes that they said they would. Some never will, cause they never had the opportunity. Your web site helped those that
needed help here. When Kenny had his accident, we saw a opportunity to help him out the way we received it. It isn't much and the debt is along way from being paid.
So, thanks for the offer; but, we'll buy one when we get home. God Bless!
Master Sergeant Jeff L Griswold
United States Marine Corps
Cruiser Customizing would like to thank the guys overseas that are putting their lives on the line to protect this country and to help out the
Iraqi people in this time of crisis, and to thank them for the very kind and generous gesture they have shown to a fellow rider who is injured back here in the states.
We hope and pray that everyone makes it back safe and is able to get the bike they want, so that they may experience the joy and freedom of motorcycling that we all know and love.
We visited Kenny again last weekend and took a picture of him with his flag:
send him your wishes to firstname.lastname@example.org
or join his discussion on the SCRC
to cheer him up.
Dennis, UWE and the CruiserCustomizing team