Benefit for fireman's family Bridgeville Fire Company vice president dies after short illness

By Lynn R. Parks

The Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company will host a motorcycle ride and dinner to benefit the family of former company vice president Bob Moyer, who died May 2 after a brief illness. The "poker run," in which participants will travel to various spots to pick up cards for a poker hand, will start and end at the fire hall.

This is exactly the kind of event that Moyer would have participated in to help someone else, said fellow volunteer firefighter Mike Bryden.

"Bob was one of those guys who would step up to the plate whenever he could," Bryden said. "He was very generous and would do anything he could for you."

Moyer, 56, was a member of the fire company for 10 and a half years. He was company vice president and last year was named its firefighter of the year.

He was also a member of the Delaware Patriot Guard, where he was state captain. The Patriot Guard is a motorcycle group that gathers at the funerals of soldiers and Marines who are killed in action. Moyer had been a member for seven years.

Moyer was owner of Moyer Heating and Air Conditioning in Bridgeville. A native of Washington, D.C., he served in the Army from 1974 to 1977 and in the Coast Guard from 1983 to 1989.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Bernadette, his mother, Ethel May Moyer, Milton, six children, Joseph Tallent, Bridgeville, William Tunis, Hampstead, Md., George Tunis, Bridgeville, John Tallent, Seaford, Linda Tunis, Laurel, and Karen Wright, Harrington, his brother, Brian Moyer, Milton, his sister, Cynthia LeBlanc of Massachusetts, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The benefit will take place Saturday, June 18. Registration for the motorcycle ride will start at 9 a.m. and the last bike will pull out of the fire hall by 11:30 a.m.

Riders are all expected to be back at the fire hall by 3 p.m. From then until 6 p.m., pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and beer will be served in the fire hall parking lot.

There will be a live band and prizes will be handed out to the winners of the ride. There will also be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

Cost to participate in the ride is $30 per driver and $20 per rider. Cost to attend the pig roast only is $20 per person.

For additional information, call the fire hall, 337-3000, or visit the fire company's website, www.bridgeville72.com

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