Road named for Samson massacre hero

Unveiling a newly named road
Unveiling a newly named road

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SAMSON, AL  (WSFA) - It's a day most of us in Alabama remember well -the day one man went on a deadly shooting rampage in the South Alabama town of Samson.

Michael McClendon killed ten people that day before taking his own life.

Tuesday, one of those victims was honored as a hero, and it's a bittersweet day for Marie Maloy.

She watched as neighbors and friends unveiled the Bruce Wilson Maloy Memorial Parkway.

It was along this two mile stretch of Highway 52 that her brother-in-law was killed.

Maloy rammed his car into the shooter's vehicle, trying to stop him from killing again.

Representative Warren Beck said, "I believe what he did really startled the shooter.  And really threw him off.  I believe he saved a lot of lives that day."

Maloy's friend, Wayne Ingalls said it was heartbreaking for him when the tragedy happened.

He says he wanted to make sure Maloy's legacy lived on, so he started a petition, asking state lawmakers to recognize this home town hero.

The legislators listened.  State Senator Harri Anne Smith said, "There was a petition of over one thousand names, and it was an honor to be able to do that for him"

And Marie Maloy says her brother-in-law would have been grateful, but he wouldn't have thought he deserved it.

Those who knew Bruce best say in life he stayed out of the spotlight, but in death, he became a true hero.

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