Custom cycle to be unveiled by Lehigh firefighters

LEHIGH – The custom motorcycle that’s the centerpiece of the campaign to raise money to pay for building a new fire station in Lehigh will be unveiled Sunday.

The motorcycle, manufactured by Orange County Choppers of Newburgh, N.Y., will be displayed for the first time during an event that will begin at noon in the Riverside Tavern in Lehigh, according to Fire Chief Kirk Kelley.

Kelley said the machine will be unveiled at about 1 p.m.

Raffle tickets that could get the lucky buyer the new chopper are already being sold. The winning raffle ticket will be selected on Oct. 19.

Kelley said an auction of items autographed by celebrities will begin at 2 p.m.

Among the items to be sold include boxing gloves signed by Sugar Ray Leonard, autographed photos of actor Clint Eastwood and actress Betty White, a poster bearing the signature of skateboarder Tony Hawk and a football signed by members of the Green Bay Packers.

”We’ve got all sorts of goodies,” Kelley said.

Those ”goodies” were received after Kelley and his wife mailed about 15,000 letters to celebrities and organizations asking for items that could be sold to generate money for the new station. He said 5 percent of the people and organizations they wrote to sent something for the auction.

As part of the event, the band Saucy Jack will begin playing at 3 p.m.

The event will conclude at 6 p.m.

The all-volunteer Fire Department is now housed in a building that was constructed in 1982 that is also home to the city offices, the library and the Public Works Department.

The planned new station will have five garage bays, a training room and a kitchen.