Hundreds of bikers ride for fallen officer Kenny Moats

Harley Davidson of the Great Smoky Mountains held a benefit concert and memorial ride for Maryville Officer Kenny Moats, who was killed in the line of duty in August.

The East Tennessee community continues show its support for fallen Maryville officer Kenny Moats and his family.

More than 300 bikers and hundreds of others showed up at the Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson dealership in Maryville Saturday afternoon for a memorial ride and benefit concert.

People dropped by the dealership to donate money to Moats' family as well as enjoy the sights and sounds that Moats himself was so fond of.

Moats was no stranger to the shop and loved to drop by, according to employee Nina Ward.

"He was a very gentle giant, I would say. I remember him just being very quiet. He was more of the quieter ones," Ward said.

In the wake of Moat's death, employees said they knew they had to show their support.

"Our community is where he lived and where he worked, and so therefore, we feel like we owe him a little bit more for his service," Ward said.

The dealership was shocked to see just how many people showed up for the ride Saturday. Employees told WBIR about the event Wednesday, saying it was somewhat a spur-of-the-moment idea they had come up with to help Moats' family.

The ride lasted around two hours and all the events were completely free for people to watch, but staffers say they raised thousands of dollars for Moats' family between t-shirt sales donations.

"the money raised is not going to bring Kenny back, but this is definitely something that'll help," said Lenoir City Police Officer Nick Halsey.


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