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Sister of slain correctional officer to host public walk in his honor

Denise Billue completed this tiny house her and her brother were working on at the time of his death / Shannon Lilly (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. --The sister of Sgt. Curtis Billue, a correctional officer who was killed in June, is holding a public walk at Ocmulgee National Monument in her brother's honor.

When Denise Billue sits in the home she designed to honor Curtis, she said she feels at peace.

"Originally Curtis and I, we were going to work on the tiny house together," Denise Billue said. "It was going to be a project that he was going to help me work on, but when we lost Curtis, I decided that I wanted to turn the tiny house into a house that tells the story about his life."

A life she said was filled with laughter.

"He had a sense of humor believe it or not, and he was a man of very few words but when he spoke, those words carried a lot of substance," she said.

Denise Billue also said her brother had great taste.

"He was a wonderful cook and he was a pleaser too," Denise Billue said. "After he had cooked a meal for us, he would always want us to critique it."

Most of all, Curtis Billue had a dedication to serving.

"He was serving the public," Denise Billue said. "When he was taken away from us, he was serving my dad. He was a part time caregiver for my dad."

She said each item placed in the house in some way represents her brother, a man who served in the military before becoming an officer for the Georgia Department of Corrections. A man who had a passion for the outdoors and a deep love for his family.

But of all the items, Denise Billue says one was the hardest to place in the room.

"When I look at the end of his life, it's very painful, but the one thing that brings hope to me is when I look at that dash," she said. "Really tells the story of a man who was a true born leader and a man who left this earth as a hero."

The Ocmulgee National Monument was one of Curtis Billue's favorite places. The walk held in his honor will take place Saturday at 11 a.m.

The Billue family asks that those who attend bring a $10 donation for the monument.

Billue and Sgt. Christopher Monica were shot and killed on June 13 when authorities said two inmates overpowered them on a Department of Corrections bus in Putnam County.


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