GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) – A ceremony was held Saturday to honor Officer Scott Flahive who was killed in the line of duty 20 years ago in Grand Haven.
Officer Flahive was killed when he stopped a car and tried to arrest Keith Harbin minutes after he beat a guard and escaped the Ottawa County Jail.
Harbin had a rifle and killed Flahive as he approached the getaway vehicle.
“Scott, you will never be forgotten. You are our hero. Ottawa County Central Dispatch is clear. 13-11” – End of watch dispatch broadcasted Saturday for Officer Scott Flahive
On Saturday, they presented Flahive’s family with flowers, telling them they are celebrating his life today because they want to keep his memory alive and show the family how much Flahive still means to the community.
“The things I heard when I asked the department members I spoke with about Scott were things like a close friend. The little brother I never had, a leader, a respected person, a person that I could trust, someone that always had my back.” Grand Haven Police Chief Jeff Hawke said.
It was also an opportunity for people to contribute to a memorial in his memory. Organizers are trying to raise $10,000 for a permanent memorial to remind future generations of the young officers sacrifice.
Below, watch 24 Hour News 8 coverage of the shooting death of Officer Scott Flahive from 20 years ago.