Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- A small room at Robert McCrory's house holds a few of the trinkets the man has to remember his son.
"These were the keys to his truck--where he lost his life," McCrory explained.
Just one year ago, Robert "Eddie" McCrory died after his shift--driving home from the Montgomery Police Department.
An officer with a little less than a year under his belt, McCrory was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver.
Nowadays, the McCrory household feels a little empty.
Eddie's dog Pete keeps watch while parents Kricket and Robert go about their day.
The mood much is different than a year ago, when the couple received a tragic, early morning house call from McCrory's supervisors.
"I felt like my heart had been ripped out," explained Kricket, Eddie's mother.
"I looked at my husband and said, 'No. No. This is not right.' It was like living in a dream," she said.
In the months that followed, the family grieved, converting Eddie's room into a memorial.
The room helped the family cherish happy thoughts and photographs of the man behind the uniform.
"Everybody that passed him knew him and loved him. I've always been proud of him," said Robert McCrory, Eddie's father.
One year later, a single cross on Old Selma Road marks the spot where the young officer lost his life.
With the McCrory household just a few miles away, parents say a daily commute can be painful.
"The memories just come up, and I miss him," Robert McCrory said.
With the alleged drunk driver behind bars, the circumstances of McCrory's death leave his parents pleading motorists to play it safe.
"We're tired of losing loved ones to people being reckless with their lives," Kricket McCrory explained.
It's dangerous concept that tears at the McCrory family.
"Robert will never be his best man," Kricket McCrory said.
"I'll never hold a grand baby by him."
"The city lost an excellent officer," Robert McCrory explained.
Friends an officers later gathered at the site of McCrory's death for a moment of silence. It's all in an effort to honor an officer--and a son--taken too soon.