CHEMUNG — Ian Gregory Bole graduated from SUNY Alfred, was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, survived a deployment to Afghanistan and was a part of the workforce family at Vulcraft.
But his life was tragically cut short on Monday, April 16, 2012 as the result of a motorcycle accident.
Celebrating his memory and reminding other riders to stay safe on the road this summer, the employees at Vulcraft/Nucor of Chemung were treated to a picnic lunch as well as presentation by New York State Troopers on motorcycle safety.
As part of the presentation, the Airgas “Old School” chopper was on site to encourage photographs and incur donations for the Rochester-based Nucor House and Warrior Salute in the name of Ian Bole, who was both a combat veteran and an avid motorcyclist. The bike was designed and built by Orange County Choppers (OCC) using Airgas gases, welding and safety products
The Montgomery, N.Y., based OCC created the Airgas Chopper to help mark the 25th anniversary of the company in 2007. The motorcycle on site at Vulcraft/Nucor in Chemung featured a gas tank that resembles an Airgas cylinder, bright blue paint and a custom seat by “Alligator Bob.”
Vulcraft/Nucor have dedicated to match every donation received Wednesday, and pledged a donation of at least $3,000.
Warrior Salute helps service men and women regain their lives and dreams after returning home from combat and service. The organization provides clinical therapies and counseling, vocational rehabilitation, real life training, family support, and temporary apartment housing to returning service men and women in transition; especially those coping with post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
The Nucor House was purchased in part with donations from Nucor, the parent company of Vulcraft in Chemung, as part of the corporations charitable giving. Vulcraft is a proud supporter of Warrior Salute and our nation’s military personnel. The house is for those participants in the Warrior Salute program who live outside of the greater Rochester area or who generally may be in need of housing. It consists of 14 beds and offers peer support, 24 hour care and consistent clinical services.