“We all go past the memorial site and honk our horns,” he said. “I personally didn’t know Scott. I mostly knew his parents. ... I told (his father) when I started it, I’d do it as long as I got help from the city, and they’ve accommodated me there. So I just keep doing it.”
When Flahive approached a stopped car on Beacon Boulevard in 1994, the jail escapee inside the car shot him through the door with a rifle. Flahive died on the scene.
Tom Taylor of Grand Haven said he and his wife, Marilyn, moved back to Michigan last year and decided to honor Flahive by participating in the cruise.
“We remember the day this tragedy happened,” Taylor said. “We just thought moving back in here in the area, we could pay tribute to the family. Just like a soldier, they give their life — not only to their country, (but) to their state as well.”
“They shouldn’t be forgotten,” Marilyn Taylor added.
Public safety officers lead the procession and stopped traffic at intersections along the route, which took participants south on U.S. 31 to Stanton Street, where they headed west, then north on Lakeshore Drive back to downtown Grand Haven. Cruisers took Grand Avenue and continued past the state park, and to
Washington Avenue and U.S. 31, then ended up at the Driftwood Inn where they began.
Paul Remondino has driven in the cruise four times, and tries to make it as often as he can. He said it is his favorite cruise.
“I have a lot of respect for police,” Remondino said. “And to me, it’s dramatic to see the police blocking traffic for a fallen comrade. Chest out, proud. ... Everybody in these cars will wave at every cop blocking traffic. It’s just cool.”
After the cruise, the Sunset Coast Cruisers raffled off donated prizes such as gift certificates and oil changes. Pravda said all money goes to the Scott Flahive Memorial Fund, which is for kids who want to go into criminal justice.
Remondino said there is a certain camaraderie between car guys and cops.
“It’s a tough job,” Remondino said. “And anytime us guys get a chance to honor cops or firemen, I’m in. Count me in.”