About Us

Our Story

Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) was founded in 2005 to shield families of fallen heroes from those that would disrupt the services of their loved ones.   Although originally founded in Kansas, PGR has grown to include thousands of members across all 50 states in the US.   To facilitate the administrative responsibilities, interested states formed their own organizations under the national PGR organization.   New York State began organizing in 2006 and became a NYS non-profit corporation in 2010.  Patriot Guard Riders of New York, Inc. is a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) organization.  

This is the site of the Patriot Guard Riders of New York.  Our members are from all walks of life and include all age groups.   A lot of members ride motorcycles, but you don't have to; some are veterans, but you do not need to be a veteran.   We have no dues and there are no participation requirements.  The only prerequisite for being a member is to have an unwavering respect for America's military, veterans and their families.

Our main mission is to attend the  funeral services and flag lines for our Military, Veterans, and for those First Responders who die in the line of duty, as invited guests of the family, to show our respect and gratitude for those who served and our support of their families.  Our flag lines may be at airport arrivals, funeral homes, churches, dignified transfers and at the actual burials or internments.

We support our military, veterans, and Blue and Gold Star families through New York State through our Help on the Homefront (HOTH) program.  We honor those "forgotten" veterans who have no family to claim their remains by securing a final resting place and arranging for a full military funeral through our Veteran Recovery Program.

Our Mission and Vision

Patriot Guard Riders of New York, Inc. (PGRNY) is a 100% volunteer, Federally registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which ensures dignity and respect at memorial services and other events honoring Fallen Military Heroes and First Responders, Active Military Personnel, and honorably discharged veterans.

 

 

Patriot Guard Riders of New York, Inc. is a group of patriots from across the state who have one thing in common:  an unwavering respect for America's freedom and security.

Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family.  Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives.

-  Show sincere respect for our military, fallen heroes, and  their families.
-  Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions or disturbances.

We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.

Patriot Guard Riders of New York will participate in community service and charitable works which honor and show respect for all military members and families of the military members, past and present. This may include financial assistance which these military and veteran military families may need.

To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and are praying for a safe return home for all.

Leadership Team

Board of Directors

President - Bill Schaaf

Vice President - Nigel Heaton

Secretary - Ray Sestak

Treasurer - Patsy Boisvert  

Member - Donna Barnes

Member - Don Higgins

Member - Marc Mauss

Member - Jim McElroy

Member - Pete Jepson

 

 

State Leadership

State Captain
Bill Schaaf

 

ASSISTANT STATE CAPTAINS

Regions 1-3
Nigel Heaton

Regions 4-7
Ray Sestak

Regions 8-9
Jim McElroy

Support Positions

HOTH Director
(Help On The Homefront)

Donna Barnes

Webmaster & Communications Director
Donna Barnes 

Membership Officer
Wayne Cohen

Marketing Liaison
Beth Read

New York State Regions

PGRNY is made up of 9 regions, with the regions being made up of groupings of adjoining counties.  Each Region has Ride Captains who coordinate and oversee the various missions.  View the map below to determine your Region. Once you identify your Region, click on the Region number tab to view the counties and contact information for the Ride Captains.

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County Breakdown

Region 1

Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston,
Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany

 

Senior Ride Captain
Don Higgins

 

Ride Captains

Don Becker
John Ben
Bill Brainard
George Brown
Terry Garigen
Deborah Johnson
Kirby Johnson
Patrick Jordan
Joe Joyce
Ken Lyons
Robert (Bob) "Trip" Marien
Skip Merrick
Robert Servis
Wayne Siminski
Bob Woodward

Region 2

Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Cayuga, Yates, Steuben, Schuyler, Tompkins, Cortland, Chenango, Chemung, Tioga, Broome

 

Senior Ride Captain
Nigel Heaton

 

 Ride Captains

Alex Danyluk
Bill "Patch" Furhmann
Bob Harder
Dale Hillegeer
Dave Lippa
John McMullen
Dave Nichols
Mark Plyter
Dan Ritz
Greg Sheldon
Kent Tryon
Bob Wheeler

Region 3

Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis, Onondaga, Madison, Oneida, Herkimer

 

Senior Ride Captain
Bruce Dauer

 

 Ride Captains

Jerry Benware
Maggie Cameron
Ed & Peg Czarnecki
Rick McCrum
Jim Sieffert
Dave Sikorski
Mike Villeneuve

Region 4

Franklin, Clinton, Hamilton, Essex, Warren, Fulton, Saratoga, Washington

 

Senior Ride Captain
Dan Nolin

 

Ride Captains

Bruce Barger
Mike Hogan
Gene Jones
Wayne "Smitty" Lamothe

Region 5

Otsego, Montgomery, Schoharie, Schenectady, Albany, Rensselaer, Greene, Columbia, Delaware

 

Senior Ride Captain
Ray Sestak

 

Ride Captains

Ed Czuchrey
Alex Danyluk
Steve Flubacher
Martin Kaiser
Don Macomber
Don Miller Jr.
Paul Orzolek
Bill Ryan
Robert Smith

Region 6

Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland

 

Senior Ride Captain
Bob Boisvert

 

Ride Captains

Al Bruno
William Lo Meli
John Otero
Kenny Titland

Region 7

Putnam, Westchester, Bronx

 

Senior Ride Captain
Open

 

Ride Captains

Chris DiCostanza

Region 8

Kings (Brooklyn,) New York (Manhattan,) Nassau, Queens, Richmond (Staten Island)

 

Senior Ride Captain
Wayne Cohen

 

Ride Captains

Tom Archer
Eddie Esposito
Carlos Garcia
Pete Jepson
Jeff Maurer
Eddie Patterson
Charlie Ranft
Richie Schiraldi
Carlos Varon
Pete Wenninger

Region 9

Suffolk

 

Senior Ride Captain
Pete Jepson

 

Ride Captains

Mary-Ann Barcellona
Wayne Cohen
John Fenech
Eugene Frohnhoefer
Susan Frohnhoefer
Nancy Greenseich
Marc Mauss
LW Murphy
Dennis O'Donnell
Richard Pinnavaia
Warren Schlicker
Karen Wirth

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