Memorial Cruise for Grand Haven officer draws hundreds

Grand Haven officer honored

GRAND HAVEN, MICH. - He was killed in the line of duty more than 20 years ago, but many are still honoring his service.

Wednesday, July 19, hundreds gathered to remember the life of a Grand Haven Police Officer Scott Flahive.

"I was in shock and disbelief...things like that don't happen in Grand Haven," says Scott Poel who worked with Flahive.

On December 13, 1994, Keith Harbin and another inmate escaped from the Ottawa County Jail after beating a guard with a concrete filled laundry bag.

Two accomplices brought Harbin a hunting rifle. When Flahive conducted a traffic stop on Beacon Boulevard, he didn't know Harbin was armed in the backseat. Flahive was shot in the hip and later died at the hospital.

"It was a nightmare," says Poel.

More than 300 people gathered Wednesday night in Grand Haven for the Scott Flahive Memorial Cruise. The event raises money for a scholarship fund.

The slain officer's loved ones say the large turnout is a testament to Flahive's impact. "He still holds a special place in my heart and I miss him," says Flahive's step-mother Karen Rieger.

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