Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Thomas F. Hudson

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, November 26, 1985

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Reflections for Trooper Thomas F. Hudson

My name is Thomas Frank Hudson, born Pittsburgh, PA, grew up in Hoosick Falls, NY, not far from Saratoga.
Although late, I wish to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Trooper Hudson, God Bless You all

USCG Petty Officer
Fellow Human being

November 11, 2019

Rest in peace Trooper Hudson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 1, 2019

Being a police officer or a firefighter is a job that can go from a peaceful shift to a life endangering job in a split second. As a retired firefighter, I can place myself in this exact situation with the vehicle accidents that I have been on! Rest in peace brother....

Retired Fire Lieutenant Michael McCoy
Fairfax County (Virginia) Fire and Rescue

January 7, 2019

My dad was a NYS Trooper and talked about Trooper Hudson often while I was growing up and they were good friends. My dad said he was a musician and played guitar. I have the acoustic guitar that Trooper Hudson played when my dad was looking to buy one. Trooper Hudson played this guitar in the music store and told my dad that this is the one you should buy. My dad gave it to me over 10 years ago and I have cherished it ever since. I dont think I ever met him but I sure heard his name mentioned many times about what a great man he was. May you rest in peace Trooper Hudson and know that you are remembered and respected by my father and myself for as long as I shall live.

Andy Cole
Son of Thomas C Cole NYSP passed away 4/12/2014

March 27, 2016

Dear Dad,
These comments are so amazing to read. Thank you to everyone who wrote to our Dad. We love and miss you. Love your three daughters,
Carolyn, Amy and Jeannie

Carolyn Hudson DeSain

April 30, 2015

Uncle Tommy,

My dad (your brother) passed away last Friday. I know he is with you now (and my Mom, Lori, Gram and Pa). I spent the last few days with Mary, Caroline, Amy and Jeannie (and your beautiful grandchildren). You would be so proud of all of them. Tell my Dad that I will watch over everyone here now. He always did that before.

Give everyone a hug from me. Love and miss all of you.

Your nephew,


Mike Hudson

April 15, 2015

In March of 1976 I had just received my drivers license and was speeding down Ray Rd. in Clifton Park. I smashed into a pole at the intersection of Sugar Hill Rd. Trooper Hudson took my word for it that I was not speeding, but he judiciously issued me a ticket for going through the stop sign. Then he gave me a ride home.

Over the next several years, as a volunteer for the ambulance corps, I saw Trooper Hudson at numerous accident scenes - always compassionate and helping those in need. I remember a single-vehicle accident on Grooms Rd. where we waited for hours while the fire department and Niagara Mohawk figured out a way to extricate the victim without anyone being electrocuted - Trooper Hudson comforted the victim while most of us relaxed in our vehicles.

My son just received his first ticket from a NYS trooper. I hope he learns as much from that officer as I did from Tom Hudson.

Joseph Miller

June 17, 2014

Dear Dad,
You have meant so much to so many people, most of all your family. I am honored to be your daughter.

Mom, Carolyn, and Jeannie are all doing well. Carolyn and Jeannie are both teachers and I work for a school district too. Mom has done a good job watching over all of us and keeping us very close. I know it has not been easy for her but she is an amazing mother and friend -- Always puts our needs first.

Carolyn has two wonderful girls, Chloe and Christine, and a husband who works for the State Police in the technology field. Jeannie and her husband live two houses down from me and my family. She has a son named Ryan who is not yet a year. He is adorable! My husband, Nick, is an investigator for the State Police and we have two amazing children together - Alexis, 5 and Thomas, 3. Thomas is so much like you and looks a lot like Pa. Tom and Ryan both have red hair and look like little Irishman. Lex has a heart of gold and would have loved you lots!

My mother-in-law recently died, Sylvia, I hope that you have met her. She was an amazing person, who also impacted many, many people in her life. Please give her our love and tell her we miss her greatly too.

I wish you were still here with us. We all miss you and keep you in our hearts. Please continue to watch over us and show me signs that you are still with us.



December 18, 2013

I think about what our lives would have all been like if you were still here. I think very often about you. I was only 7 when you passed but remember that horrific night like it was yesterday. I am told stories about me running from your house to mine asking you what you wanted for breakfast and going back and telling my mom what she needed to make you. Apparently you guys were just trying to wear down my energy level. Aunt Mary looks great and is doing well and so are the girls. Everyone's married at this point and you have 5 grandchildren now. Your girls have all grown into beautiful women with beautiful families. Im sure you know all this but I never knew this was here to reflect. I believe my parents miss you often. We have nights when we sit around and reminisce about our families and things that have gone on past and present. I wish you were here today to see what all your neighborhood kids have turned out to be. I think you'd be proud of all of us. Keep looking out over all of us in your own way...I know you do. Thank you for your services and all that you've done. Love and miss you.

Whitney Ross
neighbor 3 doors down...and we all still are together as neighborhood

December 17, 2013

I knew Tom, although I never did work with him. He was a really nice guy, and a good Trooper. I had retired 3 1/2 years prior to his accident, and this is actually the first I have heard about it !

Sgt. (Ret) David B Clarke

November 26, 2013

My brother Chase Pierce worked with " Tommy" as he called him for years. Chase always spoke very highly of him and said he truly was one of the best guys he ever worked with. Chase was there on that fateful night and I believe was the last one to see Tom alive. It's affects were felt for the rest of my brothers life. My brother always said Tom was truly a great loss for everyone.

Correctional Officer

November 26, 2013

Trooper Hudson- I was a police explorer and a Senior in high school at the time of this unfortunate incident. Some of the radio transmissions remain with me today. I never had the opportunity to meet you. This incident is brought up occassionally by some of the old timer's at the firehouse who were called apon to make every effort to assist. I wish you continued eternal rest and prayers to your family.

Stan De Long, Patrolman
Ballston Spa Village

April 5, 2013

Tom, I still think of you often and will never forget you buddy. A fellow academy classmate.

Trooper/retired Bernie Kenney
NYSP/Troop D SP New Hartford

November 27, 2012

I was there, my partner and I were one of the first cars on scene...will never forget it!

Trooper(retired) Steven Smith

November 26, 2012

I said a little prayer today for Trooper Hudson and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

November 22, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Laslater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.Rest In Peace

I pray for solace for all those that love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 13, 2012

Trooper Hudson,

My sister, just today, E-mailed me a picture of your brother. His family looks great and happy.

I was 12 when you were killed, and I remember my dad going to your funeral. I remember how sad everyone was.

Even though we never met, I still honor your service and sacrifice.

Andy Dobis, Trooper/Pilot
Arizona Department of Public Safety

May 26, 2010


I hope you don't mind me calling you Tommy, I heard your name so often growing up. My father wasn't close with many, but he never forgot you. I know that he is with you now, and I know you are both watching over us.

I wish that I had gotten the chance to meet you, you are loved and remembered by many. I hope I get the chance to meet your family. Don't worry, I'll keep up the watch.

Say hello to dad for me.

Recruit Nolan
Saratoga Springs Police Department

January 31, 2009

"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 20, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, NH

November 26, 2007



October 16, 2004


You are not forgotten Trooper Hudson. Rest in peace sir.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

June 3, 2004

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