It was an ordinary retirement ceremony. The circumstances: extraordinary.
The evidence, standing room only to honor Corporal David Brown, a fixture in the Montgomery Police Department for 20 years.
"This isn't the way I wanted it to go." Cites Brown.
11 months ago, no one would have believed what was ahead for Corporal David Brown, a motorcycle officer who kept his colleagues on point. A pillar of strength then, and even more so now.
Sergeant Brian Champlin says, "He's big on professionalism, he wanted us to ride our bikes side by side, and look sharp."
Brown trained Argent Brian Champlin, and almost every other motor officer in the department.
Champlin says Brown's void is still being felt, almost one year after his accident.
"That's a hole that will never be filled, it will take 10 officers to be the officer he was."
Brown describes how it feels to be surrounded by his colleagues, "It's good, but also hard in a way. I don't get to work with them anymore, and see them everyday."