Bridge dedication, scholarship fundraiser this weekend in honor of Sgt. Michael Todd May

Sgt Todd May MemorialMORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In three years, $100,000 has been raised to support a criminal justice major at Fairmont State University.

Donations have been given in the name of Sgt. Michael Todd May. The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed in the line of duty February 18, 2012 by a drunk driver.

“He gave the ultimate sacrifice for our community. They’ve definitely come out to support him and support his name this scholarship and we certainly appreciate it. And, I know his family does as well,” said Tim Webster in an interview on Morgantown AM Wednesday.

Webster, a home confinement officer and May’s colleague, and Triple S Harley Davidson are part of a collaborative effort to grant scholarships to a senior criminal justice major at Fairmont State University. Four scholarships have been awarded so far.

“The scholarship is based on financial need. You don’t get a blanket amount. It’s whatever the winner’s specific need is. We make sure it’s going toward their education and not just blanket money we’re handing out,” explained Shauna Davis, marketing manager for Triple S.

Sgt. May was a biker. He owned a 2003 Harley Davidson Night Train Anniversary Edition. Saturday, the 4th annual Sgt. Michael Todd May poker run begins with 10:00 a.m. registration at Triple S.

“It’s a show of appreciation from a community that’s definitely grateful,” commented Davis. “We’ve been able to further the giving that Todd did when he was alive.”

The next recipient of the Sgt. Michael Todd May scholarship will be announced this weekend. It always goes to a West Virginia student. May’s family is active in selecting each winner.

“They help participate in choosing the scholarship candidates and winners. They show up to every event and are the most gracious, down to earth and wonderful people you will ever meet,” according to Davis.

Sgt. May was a 10 year veteran of the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office.

Friday afternoon, at 1:00 p.m., Hartman Run Road Bridge will be renamed in May’s honor.

Saturday’s poker run begins in Morgantown, travels through Preston County and eastern Maryland, before it concludes at Triple S Harley Davidson.

A Sunday car show begins with registration at 10:00 a.m.