MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
We begin our story with Montgomery County Deputy Marcus Davis. His story is one of bravery in saving one life but had no choice but to 'let go' in trying to save another.
"It's a day I'll never forget," said Deputy Davis.
In fact, most of us in Montgomery will never forget.
May 7, 2009, Montgomery deluged with 8 inches of rain in a short amount of time, and Davis was on duty that day. It was Marcus Davis who responded to a call that a woman was trapped in her car at Debby Drive and McGehee Road.
"I advised her to get out and get on the trunk of her car and she did. I'm convinced she wouldn't be here today if she had not gotten out," said Davis.
But Davis had no idea he would be needed again on that same day. This time though there would be no happy ending. The deputy jumped into a swollen drainage ditch in a desperate attempt to keep another car from going under. The body of Freddie Hodrick who was the driver was found the next day 4 miles away in a ditch off Narrow Lane Road. Mr. Hodrick was 67.
"I held on and did the best I could. I hated to let go. I had no choice. That night I tossed and turned all night long," said Davis.
From courage to determination.
Millbrook police detective Kirk Pelham was the lead investigator and helped solve Bryan Martin's murder. You may recall Martin is the young man who was shot to death in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Millbrook almost two years ago.
Two people ended up going to prison. One is on death row, the other is serving a 20-year sentence.
"It feels good to know the public recognizes hard work," said Pelham.
"He would not let go of this case and put in a lot of long hours," said Pelham's boss Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson.
In all Crimestoppers honored 7 police officers and deputies, each with their own story to tell, all forming the thin blue line.
Detective Pelham has been with the Millbrook Police Department for 2 years and Martin's shooting turned out to be his first murder case.
Deputy Davis is a 20-year veteran of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department.