Memorial Ride

Every day the men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line, and sometimes pay the ultimate price.

A few Tallahassee police officers joined a statewide memorial ride honoring those killed in the line of duty.

Robert Harding with the Panama City Police Department had to do one of the hardest things a police chief might have to do, say good-bye to a fallen officer.

Chief Robert Harding said, "We lost SGT Kevin Kite last March. Even though this is my fifth year riding on the ride, it's a little different this year because now we're actually a part of the memorial service."

The law enforcement memorial bike ride starts in Panama City. Bikers trek the 100 mile course all the way to the state Capitol.

Captain Duane Bishop with the Panama City Police Department said, "They (officers) literally may not come home, and it takes a very special person to go to work to do that every day and come home and be a mother and a dad. That's why we put the ride on."

Fallen Tallahassee Police OFC Dale Green escorted the memorial ride years ago. To honor him, officers from the Tallahassee Police Department joined the ride halfway in Blountstown.

LT Mark Wheeler with the Tallahassee Police Department said, "Whenever you go and attend something like that it kind of brings back to home what this is all about and the kind of sacrifices that are made in law enforcement."

The ride ends at Florida's fallen officer memorial where SGT Kevin Kite's name will be sketched in stone along with Florida's other fallen officers so their hard work and dedication will never be forgotten.

Money raised from the memorial ride goes to a fund helping families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.