Meet the die-hard WKU football fans aboard a fan bus to Dallas for the First Responder Bowl

WKU fan Tom Harned sports a WKU baseball cap in support of his alma mater while riding a Hilltopper Athletic Foundation fan bus on Dec. 29, 2019. Harned graduated from WKU in 1967. The First Responder Bowl was the fourth WKU football bowl game he’d attended, previously traveling with the team to Detroit, Miami and Boca Raton, Florida.

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WKU fans of all ages loaded onto a pair of coach buses this week for a two-day trip to Dallas, where the WKU football team was slated to meet Western Michigan in the First Responder Bowl on Dec. 30. During the long journey to the Lone Star State, Herald photographer Keilen Frazier spent some time with several of the riders aboard a Hilltopper Athletic Foundation fan bus to hear their stories.