The following was posted in this month's issue of Michigan Snowmobile Association news;
LAST FEBRUARY MIKE MUKUCH OF WOODHAVEN DIED IN A SNOWMOBILE ACCIDENT IN LUCE COUNTY. HIS WIDOW, GERADLINE, DONATED HIS 2004 ARCTIC CAT TO THE LUCE COUNTY EMS IN HER HUSBAND'S NAME. THROUGH GENEROUS DONATIONS, THE SLED WAS FULLY RESTORED AND IS NOW BEING USED AS A RESCUE SLED IN THE NEWBERRY AREA.
SNOWMOBILERS GREG HERTEL AND CHRIS PARSONS VOLUNTEERED TO REPAIR THE SLED, GETTING PARTS AT COST FROM THE DEALERSHIP HERTEL WORKS FOR, MOTOR CITY POWER SPORTS IN WEST BLOOMFIELD. POSTERS AND VISITORS TO THE WEBSITE WWW.HARDCORESLEDDER.COM DONATED FUNDS TO PAY FOR THE RESTORATION. CLOSE TO $1000 WAS RAISED. NATIONALLY KNOWN GRAPHICS COMPANY, WWW.ARCTICFX.COM DESIGNED THE GRAPHICS PACKAGE HONORING MUKUCH AND THIS HEARTFELT DONATION TO THE LUCE COUNTY EMS. THE HOOD READS "DONATED IN LOVING MEMORY OF MIKE MUKUCH. RIDE ON".
All of us in the snowmobiling community were touched in some way by this tragedy and the outcome. One person who was not mentioned who played a very important part in this coming about is Law Dog, AKA Tim Maskus. Tim patrols the trails for Luce Co. Sheriffs Department through the winter months and has been very instrumental in creating good will and trust between the LEO and sledders. He helped a lot with this project as well as becoming good friends with the family of Mike Mukoch.
(The accident happened south of Newberry, which is in Luce Co.)
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