Portion Of Alabama Hwy 21 Named For Slain Holman Correctional Officer

October 17, 2017

A portion of Alabama Highway 21 near Atmore was named the “Alabama Correctional Officer Kenneth L. Bettis Memorial Highway” during a ceremony Monday.

Bettis, 44, was assaulted and stabbed by an inmate at the Holman Correctional Facility on September 1, 2016, after refusing to serve the inmate an extra lunch tray. He died from his injury on September 16.

Bettis served the State of Alabama Department of Corrections for seven years, with his entire career at Holman. He was a decorated combat veteran who served in Iraq with the 142nd Battlefield Surveillance Brigade out of Decatur.

The Alabama Legislature  voted to name nearly five miles of Alabama Highway 21 from I- 65 to Smithfield Road as  the “Alabama Correctional Officer Kenneth L. Bettis Memorial Highway”. This includes the portion of Highway 21 near the Holman and Fountain correctional facilities.

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2 Responses to “Portion Of Alabama Hwy 21 Named For Slain Holman Correctional Officer”

  1. TUMom on October 18th, 2017 4:36 pm

    Thank you for your service to our fine country Mr. Bettis. May you nrest in peace and never be forgotten!

  2. A Citizen on October 17th, 2017 4:09 pm

    So thankful to read this and so grateful Mr. Bettis has not been forgotten.

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