MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - With signs, luck, and a little help from their extended family, Robert and Kricket McCcrory spent Mother's day just feet from where their son, Officer Eddie McCrory, was killed by a drunk driver.
"He took an oath to serve and protect, and when I had him, I took an oath to serve and protect, and I couldn't protect him from the drunk driver," Kricket McCrory said.
Eddie never saw it coming, struck and killed by Micah Day on his way home from work back in 2007.
Now, the McCrorys are on a mission, taking collections for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and keeping the young officer's memory alive.
"What better way to spend mother's day. I'm with him, you know? he knows I'm doing what I said I'd do," Kricket said.
It's a good day to do it, because everyone's thinking about loved ones today," Robert McCrory said.
One after another, strangers stopped and gave to the cause, many touched by the dangers of alcohol.
"It tears me up, because I know how she feels," said Alice Roper of Prattville.
Each drop in the bucket served as an acknowledgement their son's death wasn't in vain.
"People want drunk drivers off the streets. They want them off the roads, and they realize that it could be them, just as easily as it was me," Kricket explained.
The McCrorys raised nearly $700 in just two hours.