Lehigh to raffle cycle

LEHIGH – The donated Orange County Chopper on display Sunday afternoon in Lehigh drew a lot of attention.

“It’s beautiful and I love the color,” said Dee Harr, of Eagle Grove, who recently moved there from Ohio. “It reminds me of my uncle’s, but his isn’t as cool.”

The display was part of an all afternoon event by the Lehigh Fire Department, which is raising money for a new fire station.

The motorcycle, manufactured by Orange County Choppers of Newburgh, N.Y., features an S&S motor, 100 cubic inches and 250 horsepower, said Lehigh firefighter Dan Hartley. Raffle tickets for the chopper are being sold, and the winner will be announced on Oct. 19.

Plenty of Orange County Chopper fans could be found.

“I watch all their shows,” said Brent Hansen, of Boone. “It’s a pretty nice bike. I like the lines, the way it looks sleek and smooth.”

“I used to watch it, I was a pretty big fan,” said Cody Witt, of Story City. “It’s too bad we didn’t get to meet them.”

Hartley said he was impressed by the number of motorcycles and visitors to the event.

“It’s turning out like we hoped,” said Fire Chief Kirk Kelley.

An auction that afternoon included items signed by celebrities. There was also an old ax that had been in the fire department since probably the 1950s, Hartley said. It was refinished at the metal works now features a tribute to the 9/11 New York City firefighters.

“It’s our homage to the 343 firefighters who died in 9/11,” Kelley said, adding that some of his firefighters had traveled to New York and seen the 9/11 memorial.

“Firefighting is a brotherhood,” he said.

There was also a purple Orange County Choppers shirt, signed by owner Paul Teutel, Sr. The proceeds from that will be donated to the Kathlynn Shepard family, Kelley said.