Fallen police officer's life honored in Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It was one of the most painful days in Gulfport history. Five years ago on August 14, Gulfport Lieutenant Rob Curry died while on patrol. That accident sent shock waves through the Gulfport Police Department, and across the city.

Wednesday night, colleagues and friends once again gathered at that spot on Highway 49 where Officer Curry lost his life. Dozens of motorcycles filled the Harrison County School Administration building to take part in the second annual "Ride for Rob."

"Miss ya brother," said Brian Swann on his motorcycle.

"Love ya brother," said co-worker and friend to Curry Jerry Birmingham.

The memorial ride was put on by the Saints of the Apocalypse.

"I'm going to be thinking about how much fun we had together and how hard of a worker he was and a great officer," said Keith Walker.

The cause of the night spoke volumes to the Curry family.

"It's been a hard five years, but we've had a lot of love and support from our family friends and the community," said Curry's widow, Leslie Curry.

"I think he would love it," said Curry's daughter, 17-year-old Krysten Curry. "I'm sure he's smiling from heaven right now."

Then off they road, by the crash site where Curry lost his life half a decade ago, and on to his final resting place. As they arrived, it was evident Curry's life that influenced a lot of people.

"At the end of the day, he was just a really good friend and a great cop," said Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania.

Chief Papania knew Curry was doing one thing during the memorial ride.

"Knowing Rob, he's smiling somewhere," said Chief Papania. "Smiling somewhere."

Through a candlelight vigil they honored his life, one that will never be forgotten.

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