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Police Officer Daniel Alexander Hodgson | Chatham County Police Department, Georgia Chatham County Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer

Daniel Alexander Hodgson

Chatham County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, March 20, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer Daniel Hodgson was shot and killed as he and four other officers attempted to subdue a man who had been firing a gun in a residential neighborhood on Stuyvesant Street.

When the officers arrived the man ran into his house and hid in a closet. As the officers searched for him inside the home he pointed the shotgun out of the closet and fired two shots. The first shot wounded two of the other officers. The second shot struck Officer Hodgson in the chest, killing him.

The suspect was taken into custody eight hours later. He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Officer Hodgson and to 30 years for the aggravated assault of three of the other officers.

Officer Hodgson had only served with the Chatham County Police Department for six months. He was survived by his parents.

A street in Savannah was named Hodgson Memorial Drive in his honor.

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Mr. Hodgson, 04/10/2017
I never met you but I feel like I know you. I was a paramedic with Chatham County EMS from 1984 to 2001. For the first few years I worked there, our southside ambulance ran out of the the old County Police barracks on Hodgson Memorial Drive. When stationed there, I would often stand at the memorial that was out in front of the barracks. I would read the names of the fallen officers. wondering who they were and what their lives were like. For some reason, I felt especially drawn to you. I guess perhaps because you were so young and not much older than myself. I now work for Effingham County EMS and today I went on a call to a lady. She insisted she was fine and did not want to be transported to the hospital. I was gathering personal information from her husband. When he told me their last name was Hodgson, I immediately thought of you Alex. Then I thought no, it couldn't be. I decided to ask. I asked him if he was from Savannah, and he replied yes. I then said, you wouldn't by chance be any kin to Alex Hodgson would you? He answered, "that's my brother". I told him that I used to work for Chatham Co. and often looked at Alex's picture on the memorial at the old barracks. I wanted to ask more but didn't want to open old wounds. Very nice people, your brother and sister in law. We stayed and talked to them for a while about their house which had been your sister in law's parents and your brother had totally renovated. When I got back to the station, I looked you up on the computer and found this memorial page and just felt moved to write. I hope no one minds me doing this. I'm not a police officer but have worked along side of them for the last 30+ years as a paramedic. I knew Doreen McCumber and Mark McPhail. Both lost their lives in the line of duty. I was a very close friend to Stan Freeman, who almost lost his life in the line of duty and to this day still suffers from his injuries. Alex, it was a privilege to meet your brother and wish I could have know you.
Tom Shadle

Tom Shadle Paramedic
Effingham County EMS
April 10, 2017

 

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