NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - More than 700 bikers hit the road Saturday in a motorcycle charity ride to honor a Charleston County deputy killed in the line of duty. Nationally syndicated radio host Bubba the Love Sponge hosted the event, dubbed Bubba's Bikes for Badges.
Riders gathered early Saturday morning at Wild Buffalo Steakhouse in North Charleston. The rally took off shortly after 11 a.m. for the one hour ride, which took motorcyclists down I-26 EB onto I-526 towards Mt. Pleasant, across the Ravenel Bridge, and back to the restaurant.
The event was attended by Bubba, along with his cohorts Mason, Twenty-Five Cent, and Ned.
Held through the Bubba the Love Sponge Foundation, the Bikes for Badges Charity Ride honored Charleston County Deputy Joe Matuskovic, who was fatally wounded while responding to a disturbance call at the Gardens of Ashley River apartment complex the night of Sept. 8.
Matuskovic's funeral, held on Sept. 15 was attended by more than 1,000 law enforcement officers from around the nation.
Bubba the Love Sponge, whose show airs weekday mornings on 98Rock, announced on his radio show the day after the shooting that he would be sending a $10,000 check to Matuskovic's fiancee to assist the family. He also said plans would be in the works to hold a Bikes for Badges ride to provide additional assistance.
"The last thing Mrs. Matuskovic needs right now is to worry about house bills, car insurance and things like that. She needs to focus on closure and her family," said Bubba.
According to the show, they hoped to raise enough additional money to further help Deputy Matuskovic's family, as well as the family of Larry Britton, a Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad member who suffered a fatal heart attack while providing assistance to officers during the incident.
The Bubba the Love Sponge Foundation provides immediate relief to the widows of fallen law enforcement officers in his syndicated markets, with funding raised through Bikes for Badges rides and the annual "BTLS Foundation Raffle."