2nd Annual John "Mac" McDonald Poker Run
April 22, 2016

On May 30, 2014 Battalion Chief John “Mac” McDonald was scheduled to complete his tour of duty but unfortunately this was to be Chief McDonald’s final tour of duty. John passed away early that morning resulting in a line of duty death.

John was a Navy veteran and a long-time fire official for the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) where he served as Firefighter and Battalion Chief for the Naval District Washington (NDW) Fire and Emergency Services Central Division.

During his extensive career John also served as Fire Chief (as well as other ranks throughout his years of service) and Life Member for the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department, Station, plus a volunteer Battalion Chief with the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department.

John was also a Charter Member of the Fire & Iron Motorcycle Club, Station 161 (Northern Virginia), where he shared his passion for riding motorcycles with other Fire and Emergency Service First Responders and those affiliated with fire service.

On Saturday, May 14, Station 2 and Fire & Iron Station 161 will join forces to host the Second Annual “John “Mac” McDonald Poker Run, a motorcycle event to raise money for the newly established “John McDonald Educational Fund”. The Poker Run will bring together fire/rescue and motorcycle enthusiast alike in Mac’s memory so that riders can share stories about Mac and his life-long contribution to Public and Fire Safety, which spans decades. In the process, riders will follow a pre-described route with five stops along the way. At the end of the run the rider with the best poker hand wins. In the process folks get to ride their motorcycles, make new friends and remember a dear friend. Proceeds, including a raffle, will go towards the educational fund designed to help provide much needed financial aide to worthy higher education candidates.

You can learn more about the John “Mac” McDonald Annual Poker Run by contacting Stafford Station 2 at (540) 658-5332 or Fire & Iron Station 161, Gary Lewis, at (540) 295-4146. Preregistration is available at https://squareup.com/store/stafford-volunteer-firemans-association.