Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff William Ricky Hudson

Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, February 22, 1990

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff William Ricky Hudson

We grew up together and graduated together. I saw you just a couple of weeks before your accident and I will never forget our talk! You knew what I was going through and you gave me support, your ear and your kindness. The world became less warm after you left it. Rest easy my friend.

Darlene Hancock

February 22, 2020

Rest in Peace, Deputy Hudson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 24, 2012

I was two when my father was taken from me. I sadly do not have many memories, most only coming from stories I have been told since childhood. I know the great man my father was and how much he loved my siblings and I but I did not have my father at my first day of kindergarten, my sweet 16, my graduation of high school, and he will won't be there to walk me down the aisle, see my first child, and so many other moments. This year will be 22 years...I loathe February 22 so much, knowing the pain and heartache my entire family feels. The grandchildren my sister Randi would have blessed him with, the beautiful cakes my sister Robin makes that he will never see, the pride he would feel for my brother Hunter looking so much like him, and just seeing how I am just as hard-headed as I was as a toddler. I miss him and know he will always be in my heart to keep me safe throughout my life. Thank you all for your kind words.

Hannah Hudson
Youngest Daughter

September 18, 2011

To Deputy William Ricky Hudson, his loved ones, and his fellow officers:

On this the nineteenth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart is with all family members and friends who call you beloved. They are all in my thoughts and prayers today.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, I am so humbled by your valor and service.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Deputy Hudson gave to his community and the citizens of Georgia, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 22, 1990.

Phyllis Loya, mother of Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya

February 22, 2009



February 14, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 23, 2007

My continued condolences to the family of Ricky Hudson. Ricky and I worked closely together on his many narcotic investigations. He was dedicated to protecting the public and enthusiastic about making good credible cases. His death was a tragedy for his family but was also a great loss to our community. Ricky Hudson was my friend and colleague.

Denise Fachini
District Attorney

January 24, 2007

My thoughts are with your loved ones. It will soon be 17 years since your tour of duty ended and you have not been forgotten nor will that ever be the case as your loved ones have remembered you every day since you were called away and the Blue Family will never let you be forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones. You are a true hero and heroes never die, you will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

January 22, 2007

May you continue to keep watch over your family, friends, and co-workers from above...always.

Jennifer Aaron
Wife of Duke G. Aaron, III (EOW 07/20/04)

December 28, 2006

I have prayed for you all who are left without
without this dear young man for a long time,long
before I knew that my officer was going to be taken
from me.Tonight,I still pray for you,and ask God's
blessings on you every one..

bonnie hester

November 22, 2006

One of the most true, sincere, caring and loving people I've ever known. His presence is missed by all of his family every day. Randi, Robin, Hannah and Hunter - your dad would be SO proud of the young adults you have become today.

Donna Churchwell, Cousin

March 30, 2006

God bless you Sir. May you rest in peace.

Kevin Cannon
Brother of Keith Cannon EOW 5/4/05

June 9, 2005

Ricky was my little brother. He had the kindest, most caring heart of anyone I've ever known. He loved his family, and his job. He took pride in his work as an undercover drug investigator. He would be so proud of his children if he were here today. We all miss him very much and he will live in our hearts forever. I Love You, Ricky. Your big sister, Debbie.

Debbie Browning

December 4, 2003

This is a great site, when I happened upon it I was proud. Proud that the fallen officers, who gave their life to protect others, are not forgotten. Ricky Hudson is my father, not only was he a wonderful father he was an outstanding officer. Although it has been thirteen years since his accident, he is still well known through our community, and well respected. I would like to thank yall' for not forgetting those who gave their lives, because we will never forget.

Robin Hudson
Daughter of a Fallen Officer

Robin Hudson

Thank you very much for saluting my hero, Ricky Hudson. He touched my life as my husband for a short time, but he was able to change it forever. He was a dedicated officer, as well as, a wonderful father to his children, Randi, Robin, Hannah, and Hunter. He loved his profession and represented it well throughout his life. We will never forget his impact on life or us.

Jacqueline G. Hudson
Wife of fallen officer

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