Fallen Officer Remembered

With a song guiding the crowd, community members paid tribute to a fallen brother.

On North Decatur Street, just fifteen months ago, a man fatally wounded Montgomery Police Officer Keith Houts.  He died soon after.

On the second holiday season after his death, residents say they haven't forgotten.

"We just wanted to do something to life the community up, and lay a wreath in remembrance of him," explained Cubie Rae Hayes of Calhoun Enterprises.

Many Montgomerians gathered for a procession from the Newtown Community Center, just yards away.

It's the turnout, Hayes says, that shows respect--and a willingness for change.

"I think it's very important in this community because we still do have a lot of crime here," Hayes explained.

Under a gray sky, residents placed a wreath next to a plaque honoring the fallen officer.

The mood was somber.

"I'm reminded of the words of Abraham Lincoln [. . .], 'it is all together fitting and proper' that we do this," explained Montgomery City Councilman Tracy Larkin.

Through the death of one of Montgomery's finest, however, came a new message for any would-be criminals.

"No one should be involved in the type of crime that brought this young man's life down," Larkin said.

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke