Motorcyclists say goodbye to firefighter with a ride in his honor

This article can be found published on the Daily Local News‘ website, the Delaware County Daily Times‘ website and the The Mercury‘s website.
Over 400 motorcycles took part in the ride to honor fallen firefighter Ryan Miller. (Candice Monhollan)

Over 400 motorcycles took part in the ride to honor fallen firefighter Ryan Miller. (Candice Monhollan)

WEST CHESTER — When Ryan Miller died Saturday in a motorcycle crash — just as his brother Robbie had done 14 months earlier — the call went out on social media for motorcyclists to honor the fallen 25-year-old firefighter with a ride past the firehouses he was a member of.

Hundreds of people gathered in an empty parking lot, donning royal blue and white — Miller’s favorite colors. Many had shirts made for the occasion with writing on the front and back, varying from “Ride on Ryan” and “In Memory of Ryan” to ones with “Miller 22” on the back.

“(Twenty-two) was his football number,” said Robby Enagbare, a close friend of Miller’s since they met in middle school. “I was in the marching band so our little joke was I always played for him when he scored a touchdown. I didn’t believe (the news of his death), to be honest. We talked every day. It didn’t make any sense.”

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More than 400 motorcycles of every style imaginable took to the roads and went past both West Bradford fire houses, the Miller family’s home and ending at East Brandywine Fire Company. Immediately after the ride, P.J. Whelihan’s in Downingtown hosted a dine-and-donate for the bikers.

Leading the way in the motorcade was Jon Kromer, the organizer of the ride and Miller’s friend.

“I did Robbie’s (ride) last year, so sadly here we are again 14 months later,” Kromer said. “The last thing on my mind was to do another ride, but I was at the Millers’ house and Mrs. Miller said she wanted to do one for Ryan.”

Kromer put the word out via Facebook and watched the “Going” list grow.

“Facebook is the gateway to all motorcyclists,” he said. “I heard there’s people even coming from New York. Every time people come out in support, it sends chills up my spine to see how many people care.

“In the community, people always want to do something, but bikers always find a way to make something happen.”

Along much of the route, people lined the streets and watched as the long procession of motorcycles roared past. Firetrucks adorned with black bunting were also displayed outside of the firehouses.

The turnout for both brothers is a testament to the kind of people they were, those attending said.

“It’s unbelievable,” Enagbare said. “We had the same thing for Robbie and it’s such a great turnout having this for Ryan, too. They both did a lot and they both were just too friendly. They knew everybody. They were great people.”

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