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Michael J. Crawshaw Ride to Remember hits the road

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Lillian DeDeDomenic | For The Penn Hills Progress
Police motorcycles are lined up as their riders wait for the start of the fourth annual Ride to Remember on Saturday, June 8, 2013. This year's ride will take place June 7.
Lillian DeDeDomenic | For The Penn Hills Progress
Riders head down Frankstown Road during the 2013 ride.

The annual Michael J. Crawshaw Ride to Remember is much more than just a 52-mile motorcycle trek; it is a living tribute to the police officer who gave his life while serving the citizens of Penn Hills. Crawshaw was killed while responding to a call in December 2009.

The ride will take place June 7, with riders lining up at 9 a.m. and heading out at 10:30 a.m. Riders will gather at Linton Middle School, then wind through the Pittsburgh area and finish at Three Rivers Harley-Davidson in Shaler.

The cost is $25 for each rider and passenger. A fifth-anniversary pin and free T-shirt will be distributed to the first 500 riders. Proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Crawshaw Memorial Fund and the Penn Hills Fallen Heroes Fund. To register, or for more information, visit Mudcraw.com.

The ride itself passes several points related to Crawshaw's service as a policeman, including: the Penn Hills Municipal Building, where he worked; the 100 block of Johnston Road, where he was shot and killed; the Allegheny County Police Memorial on Pittsburgh's North Shore; St. Boniface Church in Pittsburgh, where his funeral service was held; Christ Our Redeemer cemetery in Ross, where Crawshaw is buried; Shaler Area School District, where he was a student; and Kiwanis Park in Shaler, where he played baseball as a child, and which in 2012 was renamed the Michael J. Crawshaw Memorial Field in his memory.

The ride will end at Three Rivers Harley-Davidson in Shaler, where a barbecue will take place and music will be provided by the Nicole Bee Band.

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