Wednesday, March 27, marks 14 years since Panama City Beach Sergeant Kevin Scott Kight was killed in the line of duty, while conducting a routine traffic stop.
It happened on Front Beach Road, during spring break in 2005.
“There is no such thing as a routine traffic stop and Kevin used to tell everyone that,“ said Panama City Beach Police Chief Drew Whitman.
Current and former law enforcement officers, alongside family and community members gathered at the location for a memorial service Wednesday afternoon.
“He was on my shift at the time, we worked hand in hand, I was his lieutenant, great guy. We coached t-ball together with our small kids. Everyone always says he was a great guy, a great husband, great father and great police officer,“ said Whitman.
“We miss him. It’s important that his son sees this. He was just short of five (when it happened)“ said Kight’s widow Christina Kight-McVay.
“It makes me thankful people aren’t going to forget and it’s an opportunity to teach all the new law enforcement that this job is dangerous, and they need to watch their backs,“ said Kight’s son, Brandon, who is now 18-years-old.
Family describes Kight as one to always light up a room and become friends with anyone he encountered.
A memorial lies on the ground where Kight was killed on Front Beach Road and Richard Jackson Blvd. in Panama City Beach.