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Kevin Kight Memorial Ride Rolls Down Panama City Beach

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The Kevin Kight memorial ride is much more than a cruise down Panama City Beach.

"I remember that night like it was yesterday," said Chris Boyer, a Corporal with Panama City Beach Police.

It's to remember a fallen hero.

"I remember the last time I talked to him," said Corporal Boyer. "Every year it hits you again of what happened. Just the remembrance of him and what he did for this community and the sacrifice he made...it's amazing."

Covering a twelve mile stretch of beach more than 300 hundred bikes participated in this event.

"I guarantee a lot of these people didn't even know him and they still come out and support him because of the man that he was and what he did," said Corporal Boyer.

"You couldn't find a nicer guy," said Chief of Police for Panama City Beach Drew Whitman. "This ride was going on before that, but after he got killed in the line of duty the riding group named it after him. It was their idea."

"So, it was important to us to show our gratitude to police department and local law enforcement for what they've been doing for us," said Paula Bronsing of the White Sands Riders who put on the parade.

Saturdays memorial ride benefits the Cops for Kids charity.

"We take food baskets to needy families around the city and provide Christmas presents to the kids as well," said Corporal Boyer.

"It's a really good event and it's in the honor of one of my friends who got killed in the line of duty and its good for the community all of the money goes back and benefits people in our area," said Chief Whitman.

And for someone who didn't actually ride motorcycles himself, friends say Kight would have been humbled by Saturday's parade.

"Kevin was kind of a simple guy," said Corporal Boyer. "If he was here and he knew this was for him he would tell you 'guys, stop it go back to work. You know, we don't need to be doing this' but you know what I think it would mean a lot to him."

Next week, Cops for kids will set up at Arnold high school so youngsters can get a close-up look at law enforcement equipment and meet with police officers.