Meridian Harley-Davidson dealer outfits motorcycle for paralyzed police officer

Posted at 5:17 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 19:17:26-04

High Desert Harley-Davidson in Meridian is set on getting a local hero back on a bike.

Boise Police Cpl. Kevin Holtry was shot five times in the line of duty in Nov. 2016. Holtry was paralyzed in the shooting and had to have one of his legs amputated.

Now, he's adjusting to a different way of life, but he won't have to change his passion for motorcycles. 

"When I went down, I knew I was paralyzed," Holtry said. "One of the first things I thought of is, 'Oh my gosh, I'm never going to ride again'."

That fear is not a reality thanks to the help of High Desert Harley-Davidson

"We're just excited to get him back on three wheels, get that wind in his face, and then give him back some of his previous life that he enjoyed," High Desert Marketing and Promotions Manager Todd Godfrey said.

Thanks to donations, Holtry will receive a custom-made motorcycle. 

"It's a three-wheel bike," Holtry said. "There are guys working on the hand controls, the ability for me to transition from my chair to get on to the bike and do it safely, and they're going 100 percent. This isn't, like. a little deal, this is, like, a lot of work."

Godfrey said the bike and customizations could cost upwards of $55 thousand. So far, High Desert has collected about $28 thousand in donations to cover the costs. 

There's a GoFundMe account set up for those who would like to donate. 

Holtry said his life will never go back to normal, but getting on a bike again gives him something he thought was taken away forever.

"It's a sense of freedom," he said. "When i thought I lost that, it was devastating to me, but, now, I'm going to get it back."