NEMO Major Case Squad honors the late Mike Kite – NEMOnews Media Group
By Echo Menges
Members of the Northeast Missouri Major Case Squad presented a plaque to the family of the late Mike Kite, former Knox County Sheriff, for his service and dedication to the organization, his time as sheriff and as a local law enforcement officer. The plaque was displayed in the Knox County Courthouse courtroom on Monday afternoon, May 9, 2022.
A small group of attendees listened to remarks from Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish. A prayer was led by Macon Police Chief Adam Dawdy. Law enforcement attendee introductions were made by Sheriff Parrish. A minute of silence was observed in honor of Kite. And, the plaque was presented to Knox County Sheriff Allen Gudehus – who then presented it to Bonnie Kite.
Remarks from Sheriff Parrish
“I had the honor of serving as the Northeast Missouri Major Case Squad Chairman for about a year. As you all know, when Sheriff Kite suddenly passed away nearly two years I was a member of the board and we had the opportunity to recognize Mike Captain Steven Wilhoit who has since been transferred to the outstate Steve called me right after the passing of Mike. Him and Modeste (Ewing), longtime secretary of Major Case Squad, those two in particular had a wonderful relationship with Mike. Mike was an incredible hero when it came to working together and making sure make everyone feel welcome. Whatever the task, you were always happy when Mike was there. He led us in Major Case Squad for many, many years. Interestingly, Knox County had also an outstanding leader in Sheriff (Retired) (Dan) Bishop – who led é also the Major Case Squad. The Major Case Squad has been around since 1985. It is a collaboration of police chiefs, sheriffs, highway patrol, and various other state agencies that work together on major cases. Also, and I think this is more important, we meet about every two months and talk about what’s going on. Chief (Adam) Dawdy of the Macon Police Department hosted our last meeting. We discussed vehicle thefts that were happening around Macon and Knox County. It’s these kinds of conversations that we love to have and believe are beneficial to the safety of our community. I am not aware that we have presented a plaque like this in the past.
Remarks from Sheriff Gudehus
“On behalf of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Edina Police Department, I’d like to thank the board for considering Mike. He was a good friend. I worked with him for a long time. I’d like to give this to Bonnie and Troy.
Remarks by Modeste Ewing
“It didn’t matter who the person Mike came in contact with was. He always wanted to help them in some way, and help them improve if they were in a bad position. He really looked at people that they weren’t bad people, they just made bad choices. He wanted to help them improve their lives. I think we can all learn from this.
A video of the presentation is available online on the NEMOnews Facebook page.