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Cruisin' for Flahive

Samantha Lewakowski • Jul 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Sunny skies welcomed a record number of participants for the annual Scott Flahive Memorial Cruise on Wednesday night. 

Kurt Pravda, who has been spearheading the event for 21 years, was pleasantly surprised with how many people came out to support the event.

“We prepared 150 bags and dash plaques to give out, and we already ran out,” Pravda said. “We’ve never even had 150 cars participate, and someone out there is counting and just announced 174 in total.”

Photo gallery from Wednesday’s cruise

“The dash plaques this year are pretty unique in that they closely resemble the badge that was made for Scott when he was killed,” Pravda told participants in his welcome speech.

The event, sponsored by the Sunset Coast Cruise club, raises money through raffles to donate to the Scott Flahive Memorial Fund. 

Within the club, Mary Englund and her husband have been coming in support for the past six years.

“Most of the club members drive out to support the event,” she said. 

It was unanimously agreed upon that the weather could not have been better for the special day, and that organizers and supporters alike were pleased with the outcome in attendance.

The cruise is held in memory of Scott Flahive, a Grand Haven Public police officer who was 28 years old when he was shot and killed in the line of duty on Dec. 13, 1994.

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