Montgomery Police Dept. Hosts Memorial Service for Fallen Officers

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By Brittany Bivins

27 Montgomery Police officers have died in the line of duty. Every year, their families, friends and fellow officers honor them in a memorial service.

That includes Eddie Houts, the father of Keith Houts, who was shot and killed while making a traffic stop in 2006.

"He always had a sense of honor and duty about himself and about what he did," said Eddie Houts.

Houts was a 30-year-old husband who had served in the military before joining the police force.

"I said to myself that wouldn't it be ironic that he spent a year in Iraq, Kuwait in the war zone, in the desert, come home without so much as a sunburn and be gunned down-that was my words-gunned down in the streets of Montgomery," said Eddie Houts.

The annual Police Memorial honors Houts and the 26 other officers who died protecting others. Police Chief Kevin Murphy says it helps bring together the victims of families who have suffered enormous loss.

"There's nothing you can say really that can take away the trauma they're going trough and just the significant sadness, just being there and then maintaining those relationships over the years," said Murphy.

More than 20,000 law enforcement officers have been killed across the nation to date. Their names are engraved in the national law enforcement memorial in Washington, D.C.

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