The tenth annual SFC Daniel B. Crabtree Memorial 5K, a race to honor Sgt. First Class Daniel Crabtree who was killed in action in Iraq, will take place on June 10. All proceeds support the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, an organization supporting fallen soldiers and their families.
Sponsored by Western Reserve Hospital, the 5K is open to people of all ages and abilities, and will feature door prizes, T-shirts and more. The race kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium, located at 2345 Fourth St., and ends at the Cuyahoga Falls/Silver Lake PoliceMemorial. Winning participants will receive medals and raffle prizes are given to those present.
"Having this 5K in our city is a great way to remember Dan Crabtree as both a police officer and a soldier," said Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis. "It is also a great way to keep connected to the Crabtree family. We want Dan's family to always be a part of the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department family."
Sgt. First Class Daniel Crabtree was a U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret and a Northeast Ohio native. Crabtree was a member of Company B, 2 nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), of the Ohio Army National Guard. He served as a police officer in the Cuyahoga Falls and Hartville police departments, as well as a SWAT team member, husband and father. He was killed in action in Al-Kut, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom on June 8, 2006. Crabtree was 31 years old.
"It's important that we continue to remember the service and heroism of Sgt. First Class Daniel Crabtree," said Dr. Robert Kent, president and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital. "As one of our nation's protectors and the city of Cuyahoga Falls' first responders we feel honored to support efforts that promote what he and countless others do daily to keep our citizens safe."
To make a personal or corporate charitable donation, visit www.specialops.com, or contact Assistant Chief Fred Jackson, Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-971-8403.
Those interested in registering for the SFC Daniel Crabtree Memorial 5K can visit Active.com and search "Crabtree 5K," or register at the Natatorium an hour before the 5K commences. The cost to participate is $25.