Orrick biker’s memory lives: Tornado donation made to honor Joe ‘Puddy’ Loyd

By David Knopf, News Editor

Orrick Mayor Cindy Lampton sat in a small office at city hall, going through old text messages and email, and waiting on visitors.
Lampton had gotten a call from members of a Kansas City-area motorcycle group that wanted to make a

Joe "Puddy" Loyd

Joe “Puddy” Loyd

donation to help tornado victims. The mayor didn’t know what to expect, but her guess was that since the two men were coming in a car the trunk and back seat would be filled with things like groceries, cleaning products, personal-hygiene items, maybe clothing.
It was 5:30 p.m. when Paul McCormack and Hawk Fitzgerald arrived, the time Orrick residents would be arriving home from jobs at Ford, GM and Henkel.
There were no sacks or packages in the car, but McCormack, president of a local chapter of the Motorcycle Rights Organization Freedom of Road Riders, had a white business envelope in his hand.
As it turned out, Hawk – that’s the name he usually goes by – had frequently ridden with Orrick resident Joe “Puddy” Loyd, a local legend in motorcycle circles.

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