Kevin was born, raised and received his primary education in Yuba City, California. His parents Dan and Mary Nishita were involved in the farming industry. Kevin attended and graduated from CSU – Sacramento (Sac State) and had a Business Marketing degree. Kevin was a lifelong member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
Kevin was selfless. He spent 25 years in law enforcement serving the Bay Area communities. Kevin graduated from the Butte Law Enforcement Academy in 1993. After graduation, he started his career at the Oakland Housing Authority, followed by the Hayward Police Department, San Jose Police Department and retiring from the Colma Police Department in 2018. After retiring, Kevin still had the passion to protect others so he continued as an armed security guard, specifically protecting the Bay Area News Media teams.
Kevin married Virginia in 2004 at the beautiful Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, California. Kevin was a proud grandfather, father and husband. He has two children Enrique (Elaine) and Maureen (Marlowe) and three grandchildren Titus, Kahuna and Dash. He was generous and compassionate, always opening his home for anyone who needed help without a second thought. He knew the importance of family and would make our family vacations fun with his jokes, Stitch costume, Snoopy slippers etc. For our regularly scheduled family dinners he would make his yummy macaroni salad for us to enjoy.
Kevin taught us many things but one that will forever be remembered is the Japanese word Gaman (我慢) which means “enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity”. Kevin’s colleagues and friends will remember him as a loyal and reliable friend, someone that you could count on. To his loved ones he will always be the hard working and compassionate family man he wanted to be.
Kevin is continuing to help people in need even after he has passed away, with the donation of his organs. That is just the kind of person that Kevin was. Kevin set an example of what a good, decent contributing member of society is supposed to be. Serving people was the role in life Kevin chose and the world is now short one of its most fierce protectors.
Citation of Courage acceptance speech
From RTDNA/RTDNF Executive Director, Dan Shelley
“Kevin Nishita dedicated his life to public safety. Sadly, he gave his life to protect the public’s need to know. He was killed in Oakland, California, while protecting a KRON-TV news crew during an attempted robbery. May part of Mr. Nishita’s legacy be that the entire journalism industry will never forget the sacrifice he made.”
About the RTDNF Citation of Courage
This award is presented in recognition of distinguished service to journalism and extraordinary courage.
RTDNF Citation of Courage — 2022, Kevin Nishita
Updated on 2022-03-16T16:04:25+00:00, by .