It's been nearly two years since Monroe County Deputy Michael Norris was allegedly shot and killed by Christopher Calmer. This weekend family and friends are gathering for the second annual ATV ride and corn hole tournament. Claire Davis spent the morning with Norris' father who says the event is a celebration of Michael's life.
Monroe County Deputy Michael Norris' father Bennett says the ATV memorial ride and corn hole tournament is a way to honor his late son. “All the fun he's had. The joy he gave to all of us, the things that he loved to do, we're gonna be doing and uh remembering him,” said Bennett.
Norris was shot and killed in September of 2014 after responding to a suicide call. “The first thing I heard you know was that two deputies had been shot. And I heard it all on the fire radio,” said Bennett.
Bennett was working as a Monroe County volunteer fireman and remembers the call like it was yesterday. “I took off to the scene to you know, check on him and prayed the whole way,” said Bennett.
Even though it's been two years, Bennett says his son's death is still fresh in his family's mind. “We're surviving. There are moments when Michael's memories flood us over, but we're doing good,” said Bennett.
On Saturday starting at 9:00 am, folks can bring their ATV's or motorcycles to the Barn in Cullloden for an 8-10 mile ride. “Michael loved to ride four-wheelers. I loved to ride, everybody comes out and has a good time just kind of celebrate and remember the fun times,” said Bennett.
$2,000 from the proceeds of the ride and tournament go to the Michael Norris Scholarship Fund. The remaining balance is donated to the Concerns of Police Survivors, an organization that helps families of fallen deputies.
It's $5 to ride in the memorial ride and $25 per team for the corn hole tournament. For more information visit The Barn's Facebook page.