Harley Davidson raises thousands for city police motorcycle unit

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YDR reporter Gordon Rago rides with a motorcycle parade around the York Revolution’s PeoplesBank Park. The event benefits the York City Police motor unit. Gordon Rago/York Daily Record

There were no players on the diamond, but plenty of dust was kicked up on the York Revolution field Saturday night.

That’s because approximately 100 motorcyclists used the center-field gate to gain access to the warning track, where they created a one-loop parade.

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Riders came from near and far to benefit the motorcycle unit of the York City Police Department. The event was hosted by York Revolution and sponsored by 1st Capital Harley-Davidson.

It was the first year Harley Davidson has partnered with the city’s motor unit, which has been around since 1996.

The unit has five officers and three motorcycles, said York City Sgt. Orazio Riccobono who leads the unit. It’s not so much a patrol unit, he said. Instead, the unit does rides and escorts, like at a recent funeral for a state police trooper in the winter.

“It’s an honor,” said York City Police Officer Chris Martin who has been with the unit for several years.

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Money raised from the event will go toward upgrades and getting new bikes. 

Sue Diaz, marketing manager with 1st Capital Harley-Davidson, said Harley plans to make the bike night fundraiser an annual event.

People can make donations to the unit in the care of “York City Motor Unit,” Diaz said.

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