Eddie Houts lost his son Keith almost a year ago. Ofc. Keith Houts was shot--on duty--during a routine traffic stop in September 2006. Since then, it seems everyone's been at the family's side, aiding them through the past year.
"The City of Montgomery has just taken us in and just loved us like a family," Houts explained.
His family returned the sentiment. In a press conference Friday at Montgomery Police headquarters, Chief Art Baylor announced that almost $30,000 given to the Houts family from community members helped purchase six new digital video cameras for patrol cars.
Police jumped at the chance, quickly installing the new cameras in department vehicles.
"The money that the citizens sent in was spent very wisely, and it has been spent," Chief Baylor explained.
With the new technology, police can upload video from their squad cars in seconds at the station. Family members say the cameras are much needed crime fighting tools.
"For safety reasons and purposes, it works both ways, for the public and for the officers. It helps a whole lot," Eddie Houts said.
With the new cameras ready to aid police on patrol, and a new memorial wall for fallen officers back at the station's new roll call room, Eddie Houts tells WSFA 12 News--although he's not where he thought he'd be a year ago--he's happy with the progress police have made.
"I'd rather have my son, but, since this is happened and there's nothing we can do about it, I'm honored. Very honored," Houts explained.
The family of Officer Robert "Eddie" McCrory was, who was killed by an accused drunk driver just weeks ago.
The McCrorys also plan to give community donations to the department in hopes of making the job a little easier for Montgomery police.