Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff William Joseph Hudnall, Jr.

Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, November 14, 2006

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff William Joseph Hudnall, Jr.

Hi Carrie,
I just read the poem you wrote to your husband Joe. My Husband was killed in the line of duty on 1/07/06 in East Palo Alto. Your poem was wonderful. I could relate to a lot of things that you said in your poem. Although it has been a year since my husband was killed it still feels like yesterday.
Do you live in Bakersfield? I live in Santa Maria.
I saw the story about your husband on America's Most Wanted. Does your family ride quads at the beach?
As I'm typing this, I'm looking at the picture of your husband and he looks like he was such a fun and happy man. I'm so sorry you have to go through this.
I hope to meet you in May in Sacramento at the Memorial.

Diana May
Wife of Officer Rich May EOW 1/07/06

February 19, 2007

Daddy, I miss you and Love you and cant wait to see you again. I am counting on you to guide me through this horrible time and to show me that everything is alright. I love you and miss you terribly. Love you daddy
Jennifer

Jennifer Hudnall
Daughter

February 15, 2007

Joe, it has taken me 12 almost 13 weeks to be able to write a reflection for you. I miss you so much and the boys do too. You would be so proud of them. Tonight I had a huge moment of weakenss and Chancellor came in the office and wiped my tears, went and got Creighton and they both took care of me. They were so gentle and loving it just made me cry even more! Chancellor talks non-stop now! I am sure it is with your help pushing through words. Have him call me "Carrie Manuere" like you used to and I will know you are up there looking out for all of us. I try to be as strong as I can for the boys. I want them to come out of this knowing what a hero and wonderful person their daddy is/was. I look at your pictures and you look too alive not to be. I am still stuck on November 14, 2006 thinking that you are on your way home from work. I still hear you telling me "Love ya, Bye" 30 minutes before you were so tragically killed. I still cannot believe it. What I wouldn't give to see you again, pick up your socks off the living room floor, talk to you and share with you again. Today I sat down and wrote a little poem ...bear with me I am new to this...
The Knock at the Door....

By Carrie Hudnall



One minute happiness abounds

the next sorrow surrounds,

taking life for granted

now every breath is counted.



To be innocent as our children are,

our resilliance would take us far,

The boys miss you in every instance

I try to fight the pain with such reisistance.



I have yet to ask God why

because all I do is cry.

I stay strong for the the boys,

because they are what is left of my joy.



You left for work as every other day

but this was not like every other day,

I received the dreaded knock at the door,

when I heard the news I dropped to the floor.



NO! NO! NO! it couldnt be true,

I just talked to him and he said "I love you!"

The end of one life is the beginning of another,

is how I was told I am now a single mother.



I was whisked away to a private room,

my life was suddenly shattered and filled with gloom.

Surrounded by what seemed like hundreds of people

tears streaming down deputies faces.



Our friends gathered together inside and out

Some in uniform and some without.

A look of concern and relief in the wives eyes

Their husbands holding me close and wiping my eyes.



I wanted to see and hold my loving husband,

I wanted him to know I was there with him.

'Till death us do part

was not an option in my heart.



I never was able to see my love and best friend

untill they cleaned him up in the end.

I regret that I did not forcefully look for my husband

What kind of person was I to leave him alone in the hospital?



I am completely numb and in disbelief

It has now been 12 weeks since that dreadful day

Tuesday November 14, 2006 is a day I live from day to day

Expecting to hear Joe walk in the door.



Creighton has Joe's eyes,

Chancellor has Joe's chin.

I have Joe's babies to love and learn from

Joe forever has my heart and soul.



Joe you will never know the depth of my love

as there are no words to describe my love.

I will forever hold you in my heart as my first love and soul mate

No one will ever replace you in our lives.



You are one of a kind

You blessed me with the privelage of being in your life

You blessed me with our wonderful children

You would be so very proud of them.



( not totally finished yet)

I will come back and check on your relections and as I feel up to it I will write more. I love you with all my heart and soul. I thank you for our beautiful children...if it werent for them I would not be able to survive loosing you. I would not say I am surviving yet, but I am doing much better than I would be.

I love you, please be careful and have a great day....see you when you come back home.....
Your loving wife and best friend and soul mate...
Carrie

Carrie Hudnall
Wife of William Joe Hudnall

February 11, 2007

I had the privelege of being Joe's supervisor many years ago at Viking Freight Systems.I knew Joe to be a most dedicated and driven individual.He was the kind of person that you knew would be in a career that would make a difference.I am very saddened to hear of his passing
and give my heartfelt condolence to his family.
God Bless, Larry


Larry Browne Fed Ex Freight

February 10, 2007

Thinking of you and praying for you during this most difficult time.

Kay Wood
Mother of a fallen officer EOW 4/2/03

February 5, 2007

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Deputy Hudnall, espcially to his wife. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Joe, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Joe's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Joe's life was about so much more than the way he died. Joe will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Deputy Hudnall, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been four years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,


Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

January 15, 2007

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." -- Maya Angelou

Aloha Deputy Sheriff William (Joe) Hudnall,
Thank you for your service and dedication to your community and your country. You and all officers that continue to lay your lives on the line and pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities and country safe, will NEVER be forgotten.

I personally pledge, (after one of Hawaii's own, Honolulu Police Officer Steve Favela, lost his life in the line of duty protecting our Commander in Chief, President George W. Bush), to become a continuum of the "ODMP Light". That light is in the form of an ODMP tribute. People from all walks of life, regardless of age, race, religion, profession, education, and geographical location can share here a word or two on behalf of each and every fallen officer.

Every fallen officer is an hero. The ODMP serves as a place where that continuum of "LIGHT" can be seen through and within, the heart and soul of each and every person who honors our fallen heroes with a relection and/or tribute. As we say in Hawaii, we are `Ohana. We are family. May God comfort the family and loved ones who have lost Deputy Sheriff William (Joe) Hudnall. May God also comfort those who have lost a fellow officer and friend that can never be replaced in this lifetime.

I wish you peace and love beyond all understanding.
May you rest in peace Deputy Sheriff William (Joe) Hudnall. Me Ke Aloha Pumehana. Amen.

**I pray all find comfort in this Hawaiian prayer I leave you.**


THE PEACE OF " I "
KA MALUHIA O KA "I"

Peace be with you, All My Peace,
O ka Maluhia no me oe, Ku'u Maluhia a pau loa,

The Peace that is " I ", the Peace that is "I am".
Ka Maluhia o ka "I", owau no ka Maluhia,

The Peace for always, now and forever and evermore.
Ka Maluhia no na wa a pau, no ke'ia wa a mau a mau loa aku.

My Peace " I " give to you, My Peace " I " leave with you,
Ha'awi aku wau I ku'u Maluhia ia oe, waiho aku wau I ku'u Maluhia me oe,

Not the world's Peace, but, only My Peace,
The Peace of " I ".

A'ole ka Maluhia o ke ao aka, ka'u Maluhia wale no,
Ka Maluhia o ka "I".

Moana V.C. Molale (Private Citizen)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island

January 4, 2007

Kern-9,
That's all I knew you as working as a dispatcher before becoming a deputy. I never got the chance to meet you, but I can see how many lives you've touched and I see that you're life and career are an excellent example for a young cop like me. God Bless you, your immediate family, and your law enforcement family who miss you and love you. Rest in peace, brother.

Brent Nelson, Deputy Sheriff
Kern County Sheriff's Department

January 3, 2007

On this new year - 2007 - May you rest in peace.

And to my fellow Brothers, and Sisters - Let's Stay Safe out there...

M.M.

January 1, 2007

I know how hard it is to lose a nephew. To the aunts and uncles of Joe my sysmpathy goes out to each of you. We too lost our nephew Dan Archuleta while on patrol in Taft. Kern County has truly lost two great officers.
The missing will always be there, but the memories will be greater.
Grace Shaver-Aunt of Officer Daniel Lee Archultea
EOW 9-12-04

December 30, 2006

Joe is my Uncle but he was like a father to me, taking the role of one when ever I needed him. I am deeply saddened by this but feel comfort in the fact that I know how much he enjoyed life. My Uncle worked so hard and loved what he did. He loved his family and showed it everyday. He had the best of friends and was a wonderful person to anyone in need. It is evident from all of the support that his family has received that I am, by no means, the only person who knew this. I know where he is now and he is in a glorious place.

I love you Uncle Joey!!!!

Jessica

Jessica Wilde
Joe's neice

December 13, 2006

To the family and friends of Deputy William (Joe) Hudnall, my depest sympathies. Just wanted to let you know that you are not going through this alone.

As a close friend of Fallen Deputy Ron Ives of the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department in California, I wanted to extend my condolences. I too know what you are going through. My friend, Deputy Ron Ives, EOW 9/1/04, was killed by a man who ran a red light while he was enroute to a call. He was rolling code when someone hit him and killed him on impact.

I think of him on a daily basis, and here it is over 2 years later. I have two older brothers who also work for San Bernardino County Sheriffs as well. I hope and pray that nothing happens to them and I know that Ron is watching over them, just as Deputy Hudnall is watching over you.

He is a great person, and I can say that without knowing him because anyone that takes on this job is a GODSEND!

And to you Deputy Hudnall, thank you for your service and dedication!!! GODSPEED BROTHER!!!!

Friend of Fallen Deputy Ron Ives (EOW 9/1/2004)
San Bernardino County Sheriffs
Nick Scalise

December 5, 2006

Joe, it has been 3 weeks since God chose to take you to him. My heart is still very heavy and your substation deputies are still troubled from your loss.

I have had the pleasure of supervising a lot of wonderful people, you, my friend, were on of the best. For an 'ol boy from Onyx, you did very well for yourself and your family. Rest assured that Carrie and your children will be forever watched and helped.

Smile down upon us from time to time and do your best to keep us all safe. I miss you.

Sgt. Jeffrey E. Hunt
Kern Co. S.D/Immediate Supervisor

December 5, 2006

To those reading this I want to say how much respect I had for Joe. We went to the police academy together and he was working full time all the way through it AND paid his own way! That motivation and dedication to this job obviously carried on throughout his career attested to by his former beat partners.

Every time I saw Joe booking someone at the jail he looked like he was on cloud nine. Nothing but respect for you Joe.

p.s.to Joe, today I met your wife at a motorcycle ride fundraiser and I let the story about you playing with a baton and knocking yourself out during defensive tactics slip, sorry buddy. She said you never told her about that but she didn't look surprised:)

Respect and heartfelt condolences to your family buddy, rest in peace.

Glen Davis
Bakersfield PD

December 4, 2006

We still miss you brother, and we will never forget.

Kern Valley Lawmen

December 3, 2006

Rest in peace, Brother

Officer McCord
Belen Police N.M

December 3, 2006

I pray for strength and peace for your family and friends. May your spirit have a joyous homecoming. "Rest high on the mountain" brother!

D/Sgt. Vence Woods
Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality-Office of Criminal Invest.

December 1, 2006

Rest in peace brother...

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God." Matthew 5:9

Deputy S. Holzberger
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

November 30, 2006

God bless you brother!

Sgt. Lindgren
Washington Police Dept.

November 30, 2006

Daddy, I love you and I miss you. I know that I will see you again some day. But until then watch over me and your grandson Vincent.

Thank you to all of you that were there to help me and my family get thru this horrible incident
Jennifer Hudnall

Jennifer Hudnall
Daughter

November 30, 2006

Rest in Peace Brother, May God shine on you and your family.

DFC Eric Lucas
Orange County Sheriff's Office-Florida

November 29, 2006

Thank You Deputy Sheriff Hudnall for all your dedicated years of service. May God bless your family.

Police Officer L. Garcia
Los Angeles Police Department

November 29, 2006

To the Hudnall family:

I am so sorry for your loss. I know this loss is devastating. My sister just lost her husband who was a Sacramento County Sheriff 4 weeks ago.
I pray for you and your family. No words will ever be enough. Peace be with you.

Charlotte

Charlotte
From Sacramento

November 28, 2006

Joe or Uncle Joey for us (the children left behind) was always loving, always understanding and never harsh. If you knew him you loved him with your whole heart. He was such a great father to his children, and a loving husband. To describe his character would take forever but to say the least he was faithful to his family, loving to those who loved him, kind to everybody, caring to those in need, devoted to his family and work and passionate about life. Joe was truely one of the people in this world that makes the world a better place. The man who took his life did a horrible disservice to the rest of the world because they will not get to meet Joe. I hope that man realizes what a wonderful person he took away from us and forever remembers the people his actions left behind, and that those thoughts weigh heavily on his soul for the rest of his life. May justice prevail.

I will forever love and miss you uncle Joe.

Love,
Tara

Tara
Loving Niece

November 28, 2006

REST IN PEACE BROTHER....

TROOPER
PA STATE POLICE

November 27, 2006

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