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Checks payable to Patriot Guard Riders of NY may be sent to:

PO Box 12445
Rochester, NY 14612

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April 4, 2017


I am Please to announce the Promotion of Bob Wheeler to Ride Captain. Bob has been a PGR Member for over a decade and has stepped up on numerous occasions when needed. Bob is an Army Veteran and retired from the Bath VA after almost 30 years service. Bob has a lot of community service including the Elks Club, volunteering as driver for veterans in need of a ride for medical appointments as well as the VA. Bob is also a founding Vice President of the Bath American Legion Riders. Bob has expressed a willingness to serve Region 2 when available wherever he is needed. Bob is not a stranger to Missions in Regions 1 or 3. Please take some time to Thank Bob for his commitment to the Veterans and Families we serve. Congratulations Bob, and thank you for what you do.

Nigel Heaton
Assistant State Captain
Regions 1, 2, 3


February 22, 2017

Fellow PGR Members:

I'm honored and pleased to announce that Don Becker of Cheektowaga has been re-appointed as a Ride Captain in PGRNY Region-1.

An 11-Year PGR member, Don previously served as a Ride Captain before taking a couple years off for personal reasons.
However, during that time Don continued to be of tremendous help and assistance behind the scenes to me and to other RCs.

A proud U.S. Marine Veteran, Don brings a very passionate desire and attitude in "Doing the Right Thing" for our Military and 1st Responders.

I have no doubt that Don Becker will be a very valuable asset as a Ride Captain.  Please offer your congratulation when you have the opportunity.

Don Higgins
Senior Ride Captain
PGRNY Region-1


November 26, 2016

From Bill Schaaf, PGRNY State Captain

Fellow SRC's - please join me in congratulating Ride Captain and Moderator Bob Boisvert as being appointed Senior Ride Caption for Region 6.  Bob is a longtime member of the PGR and has served as my go-to-Ride Captain for mission activity down in Region 6.

Region 6 leadership is in good hands and I look forward to Bob continuing his good work and representing the PGR in the Hudson Valley.

Well deserved, Bob.


November 4, 2016

From Bill Schaaf, PGRNY State Captain

Patriot Guard Riders - I am pleased to announce the appointment of Region 5 Senior Ride Captain, Ray Sestak, to the position of PGR NY Assistant State Captain - Eastern Region.  In this position Ray will assist me in the general oversight of activities taking place within Regions 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Ray is known to most everyone in these regions and have experienced the leadership he brings to any mission he is apart of.  I'm personally very gratified that Ray accepted the responsibilities of his new position and look forward to working with him in his new capacity.

Join me in congratulating Ray on his new position of Asst. State Captain.


November 4, 2016

Congratulations to Wayne Cohen who has been named Ride Captain for Region 8.


 October 23, 2016

Patriot Guard Riders of NY has a new mailing address.

PO Box 12445
Rochester, NY 14612


October 23, 2016

We would also like to annouce the following personnel assignments effective October 23, 2016:

Bill Schaaf - State Captain and President, Board of Directors

Nigel Heaton - Vice President, Board of Directors

Sabine Reid - Treasurer, Board of Directors

Ray Sestak - Secretary, Board of Directors

Donna L Barnes - Website and Communications Operations Director



Letter from our new State Captain:

My sincere thank you to Dave Kern for his un-failing and un-flappable leadership of the Patriot Guard Riders here in New York.  I came into PGR NY in 2007 and have known no other State Captain.  Over the last 9 years our participation in the military honors funerals of our Killed In Action is our primary Mission and we have performed that mission with honor, dignity and respect. We have taken those same KIA protocols and perform them with the same unwavering dedication to those funerals of our honorably discharged veterans.

Due to our performance in carrying out our Mission, the Patriot Guard Riders of New York have been rightfully acknowledged to be a first class, professional organization.  This has been accomplished, in no small measure, due to the guidance and direction of our State Captain, Dave Kern.  Dave has set forth and overseen the protocols that we follow here in New York.  He has worked hard with our Senior Ride Captains and Ride Captains to establish leadership guidelines that have served us well here in New York – and for that we are most grateful.  I know of the personal sacrifice Dave has made.  He’s got a full-time job you know and he balances those responsibilities with that of the many demands of his State Captaincy. There will be big shoes to fill.

I was privileged and fortunate to have been elevated to positions of leadership within the PGR – Ride Captain, then Senior Ride Captain and Assistant State Captain.  During these last 9 years I have worked closely with Dave and have engaged the PGR in any number of worthy activities and Dave was always there to voice his encouragement and provide direction.

I am very humbled – first by even being considered for the State Captain position – and second that the Patriot Guard Riders National Board of Directors saw fit to elevate me to the position of State Captain of New York.  So, I’m going to take a couple of deep breaths and then work closely with Dave to make sure the transition of leadership goes as smoothly as possible.  My first responsibility is to ensure that we maintain much of the continuity we currently enjoy throughout the state.  If something ain’t broke – then don’t fix it.  I look forward to reaching out to and meeting as many SRC’s and RC’s as possible so that I may experience what is going on in every one of our 9 Regions. In the meantime – if anyone needs to reach me – after 10/22 – I can be contacted at or

Once again, from my heart, thank you Dave for all that you have done for the Patriot Guard Riders of New York, for the grieving families of the fallen, for our Gold Star and Blue Star families, for our active duty military and for those veterans you have helped thru your personal involvement with our Help On The Homefront program.  I know your desire is to take a little time off and then join us in the flag line.  We look forward to seeing you there.


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Any time is a good time to remember our fallen and their ultimate sacrafice; another way to remember them is to sponsor a wreath.  Sponsoring a wreath through Wreaths Across America is easy.  Whether at Saratoga National Cemetery or another cemetery where you wish to have a wreath placed. Just click on the image to enter Wreaths Across America.  Simply click on the DONATE at the bottom of their page.  Thank you.