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Forever Young Ride honors fallen heroes

CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- Frank Castelluccio constantly keeps his son's memory alive.

He wears Tony's dog tags around his neck.  And his Harley is custom-painted from front to back with images that represent his son.

"He was defensive player of the year, football," said Frank.
   
And for four years Frank has put together a motorcycle ride in Tony's honor.

"Tony was a good kid.  I've never known anybody to say anything bad about him.  He always had a great smile.  He was outgoing, very outgoing," Frank said of his son.  "We honor all of our 16 fallen in Clermont County.  We put their names on the back of our shirts and all the money raised,  Every dime goes into scholarships for Glen Este High School, for seniors."
   
Tony was a stand-out football player at Glen Este before deciding to join the army.  But in 2011, Tony died in a car crash after graduating from boot camp.  He was with another young man at the time.

"Tony was 20, the other boy was 19 and they were just getting their lives together and got cut short," volunteer Dawn Brinson said.
   
In addition to the scholarships the ride remembers the sacrifice of Clermont's fallen, including Sergeant Matt Maupin and specialist Greg Missman.

For Frank, it's also a way to make sure Tony is never forgotten, "I have two daughters and another son, yes.  But Tony was one of a kind.  He was one of a kind."

The annual event has raised $12,000 in scholarships.  The ride Saturday, August 9, starts at the VFW hall in Batavia.
    
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