Memorial Ride Celebrates Local Hero Kevin Kight

By Kara Murphy |

Published 10/22 2016 05:55PM

Updated 10/22 2016 05:55PM

Twice a year during Thunder Beach Week, bikers take a special ride in memory of a local hero. Saturday morning 102 bikers showed up to celebrate the life of Kevin Kight, a Panama City Beach police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 2005.
"It's bike week, they are doing a memorial for my dad, Sgt. Kevin Kight," said Brandon Kight, Sgt. Kevin Kight's son.
It's been more than 10 years since Kight was killed in the line of duty.
"He was just monumental in the community in so many ways," said Diana Woods, and organizer for the event.
But his memory is kept alive by bikers, community members, and law enforcement twice a year during the Kevin Kight Memorial Ride.
"Met the family, and was like wow. So every year we come and donate, every year we show up for the fall one, and we try to bring as many members that can possibly get away," said Derrick Collins, a biker with the Brothers in Blue.
"It makes me pretty happy seeing how many people actually care," said Brandon Kight.
The ride shows support for Kight's family, as well as for all law enforcement.
"Right now, they are the ones that protect and serve us as their community members. They put their lives on the line everyday," said Woods.
All proceeds from the ride go to Panama City Beach Police's annual "Cops and Kids Toy Run." The toy run event provides local children in need with toys during the holiday season.
 "Families that are in need are provided for. And I think that's the most rewarding thing is to be able to see the beginning of this and to be able to watch this money go back out into the community to help those that really need it," said Woods.
The ride today raised more than $700 for local families.

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