PARIS, Ky. (WKYT) -- Friends and family are mourning the loss of a central Kentucky motorcyclist and retired firefighter who was killed in a crash Saturday night.
The motorcyclist has been identified as 51-year-old Randall Baber.
We spoke down with Baber’s longtime friend, fellow bike rider, and firefighter who says he will certainly be missed.
“He was just a phenomenal guy and he meant a lot to many people” said Greg Harrison, who was friends with Baber for the past 15 years.
The two worked together at the Winchester Fire Department and quickly became best friends after learning that they shared the same passion--riding motorcycles.
“I’ve been all across the U.S. with Randy by my side and I’ve probably ridden 15,000 miles with him right next to me.”
Since the duo's lives revolved around riding, they decided to start the Section 45 Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club.
Harrison served as the club’s president and Baber served as the Vice President.
“We have a brotherhood within the fire department too but it doesn’t compare to what we have in the motorcycle club.”
But sadly, that brotherhood lost a member Saturday night after Randy was killed while riding his beloved Harley Davidson.
It happened in between Paris and Millersburg, on Millersburg Road. The road was closed for hours last night.
The Bourbon County Sheriff tells us the motorcycle was heading westbound, and crossed the center line and collided with an SUV traveling eastbound.
Kentucky State Police are investigating and say that alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in this crash.
“I’ve never had a brother but he was my brother. He wasn’t blood but you wouldn’t find a better guy. He’d do anything in the world for you. I’m at a loss. We all are.”
Baber’s funeral will be held on Tuesday at 1 at the First Church of God on Colby Road in Winchester.
Members of Randy Baber’s motorcycle club plan to lead his funeral procession on their motorcycles.