Full class schedule in honor of all the women, men and military dogs that gave their all for our country.
400 M Run
21 Thrusters 65/95
800 M Run
400 M Run
Dan was born in 1974 in Hartville, OH. Dan was always interested in guns and anything military. During his elementary school years, he would put on a pair of my fatigue uniform pants, roll up the legs, fold over the waist, then hold them up with a belt or a piece of rope. He took his toy guns (later BB guns) and went into the woods near his home to play war with his buddies. Dan especially enjoyed the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and what it taught him about nature and outdoor survival.
At the age of 17, he wanted to go into the Army Reserves via their Early Enlistment Program. His father, Ron Crabtree, signed the parental consent form and off he went to Fort Leonard Wood for Basic Training in the summer during his junior and senior years of high school. When he returned, he was assigned to a Reserve Unit while completing his senior year.
Dan loved animals and, in his true Army fashion, named his two dogs “Ranger” and “Recon”. He graduated from Lake High School in 1993. Dan lived his life working on a personal goal and always had another goal set before completing the present goal. Ron relays one example of this ethos:
“While in Basic Training, and about two weeks prior to completing the course, he wrote in a letter to me that he saw no reason he could not ‘go on to Airborne School.’”
After High School, he finished his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and then went on to complete the Police Academy, both at the University of Akron. Dan was hired as a part-time Police Officer at the Hartville Police Department. However, Dan had to wait a few weeks to start because he had to be 21 years old to legally carry a weapon. The rest is history. After over a year with Hartville, he was hired by the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department, as a full-time Police Officer. In his nine years with that department, he joined the SWAT Team and their Honor. He also became one of the unit’s best snipers.
After initially entering military service with the Army Reserve in 1992, Dan joined the Army National Guard in 1993 as an administrative specialist. He later retrained as a military policeman and served with the 135th Military Police Company in Brook Park, Ohio. He joined the 19th Special Forces Group in March 2002, and in 2003 he was selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, N.C. He earned the coveted Green Beret when he graduated from the course in May 2004.
Dan came from a strong family. His passing has affected many people inside and outside of his family. A friend from high school, Amanda (Clark) Blake, left this message for him upon hearing of his passing:
“I had the privilege of knowing Dan in high. Dan always had a smile on his face and was a friend to many people. It takes special people like Dan to protect and serve our great country.”
On June 8th, Sgt. 1st Class Daniel B. Crabtree was critically injured in his armored Humvee when an improvised explosive device struck the vehicle near Al Kut, in east-central Iraq. He was evacuated by air after the attack and died en route to a combat support hospital in Baghdad. He was 31. Crabtree is survived by his wife, Kathy, and his daughter, Mallory, of the City of Green. He is also survived by his father, Ronald Crabtree and his mother, Judy Ann Crabtree