Hundreds of police officers from every county in the state and states from as far away as Ohio were in Panama City Beach Thursday to show their respect for a fallen fellow officer.
Sgt. Kevin Kight was killed during a routine traffic stop Sunday night in the Edgewater area of Front Beach Road.
Thirty-four-year -old Kevin Scott Kight never hesitated to do what was right. He was a brave and honorable man who risked his life to protect yours. He died doing what he loved doing. He devoted his life to serve and protect others. He chose voluntarily a life of danger and hoped to instill that in his four-year-old son Brandon.
He wore the Police Department Brass and a somber smile for a four-year-old as he said one last goodbye to his father and his hero.
"I know God is taking care of him.”
We can all learn a lot from Brandon.
Beach Police Chief Robert Harding talked to the packed church about Sgt. Kight.
"He made a huge contribution. He was a great husband, father, son and nephew. Many bad guys were busted because of his hard work."
Kight lost his life Sunday night while getting one last bad guy off the street. He was shot two times by suspected gang member Robert Bailey during a routine traffic stop.
Bailey told two friends after the shooting that he shot the officer because he was fearful he would go back to prison for violating his probation.
Sgt. Kight is the first Panama City Beach police officer to be killed in the line of duty, and the sixth on record in the last century in Bay County.