Minoa (WSYR-TV) - Local motorcycle riders are coming to the aid of a soldier, wounded while serving in Iraq.
Steve Smith, 25, of the Oneida County community of Waterville lost both legs in a roadside bombing in Iraq.
Among Steve's passions are a Harley Davidson motorcycle, which gives him the freedom his wounds have taken away.
"It keeps me level," Smith said.
But Smith is unable to ride right now, because his bike is in need of repair work to the tune of $3,000.
That's where local motorcycle clubs are pitching in. Members of Fire and Iron are raising money to make the necessary repairs on Smith's bike. They want Smith to be able to ride along with them this summer, during the Wounded Warrior Project motorcycle ride.
In a sense, they want to help return to Smith the freedom he lost when his bike broke.
"These people fight for our freedom every day," said bike ride organizer Dale Nolan. "That's the reason we're putting this ride together."
The ride itself takes place July 7, which is Independence Day weekend. Nolan thinks the ride is perfectly timed. If you'd like to take part or make a donation for Steve's bike, you can do so at Fire and Iron's website