Memorial held to honor local man killed in crash

Moorestown, NJ (WTXF) A line of American flags honored a local man who dedicated his life to veterans. 

Warriors' Watch members and motorcycle club stood in formation, holding flags in memory of one of their own 59-year-old Tom O'Brien.

The Warriors' Watch rider died in a crash over the weekend. Outside the viewing packed with family and friends paying their respects, Syd Breidenbach reminisced about meeting O'Brien a few years ago at the Runnemede VFW. They're both Navy veterans.

He remembers O'Brien's love for welcoming home veterans and riding for fallen police officers and firefighters.
Just last year, they both did a memorial ride for murdered Philadelphia Police Sergeant Robert Wilson and most recently a candlelight vigil for fallen New Jersey State Trooper Sean Cullen.

"He went up there with us and stood the whole time with the candles and stuff then he would go to work and do another 8 hours of work. That's the kind of guy he was," said Breidenbach.

Fellow riders say O'Brien was preparing to welcome home a veteran Saturday when  he was in an accident with a car on South Black Horse pike in Haddon Heights. He died the next day on Easter at the hospital. His family placed a memorial at the site.

"He'll never be forgotten. He was loved by many people," said Ed "Tug" Devine who is the Ride Captain for the mission honoring O'Brien.

He says there's only one way to keep his memory alive.

"We ride. Just like he would do. We ride. Keep him with us every ride we do," said Devine.

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