ONLY ON WSFA 12 NEWS: Officers' families share common bond

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) -- Kricket and Robert McCrory know the perils of parental agony.

Their son, Officer Eddie McCrory, died instantly--allegedly at the hands of an alleged drunk driver--in July 2007.

As another officer fights for his life, the story emerges of a friendship between McCrory and Officer Josh Broadway.

"They were best of buddies and they became friends very quickly," explained Robert McCrory, Eddie's father.

The young men attended the police academy together and even worked the same shift for a while.

"Eddie was 340 [pounds] and Josh was 120 [pounds].  I said, 'They look like a fine pair,' Robert McCrory said.

The McCrorys say Broadway took their son's death hard.

Now, with the 21 year-old recovering from his own injuries, escaping the seething similarities is nearly impossible.

"To see that car, wrapped around the poll like that.  It was hard to take. It hurt," Robert McCrory said.

"We didn't have to go through what this family's going through--facing what's going to happen tomorrow, or [asking], 'Is my child going to be completely well.,'" Kricket McCrory explained.

As Broadway's family hopes for a full recovery, the McCrorys offer their comfort.

"I love Josh.  I love his family for loving my child.  We're part of the police family now, and we just want to show our support," the family explained.