Fallen officer's grave found nearly a century later

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Every year it's tradition for law enforcement to honor fallen officers for National Police Memorial Week. Well, a couple of years ago volunteers set out to find the graves of twenty three fallen officers and all but one were found.

Officer Thomas Hudson was just 26 years old when he was killed in the line of duty. The year was 1920. He was buried in an unmarked grave and forgotten until the Fraternal Order of Police finally found him hundreds of miles from here.

"I don't think we'd even think about an officer being killed now and being buried in an unmarked grave," said Officer Richard Glascock.

But that was the case nearly one hundred years ago when Officer Thomas Hudson was killed in the line of duty. It was August 19th, 1920. He witnessed a burglary at a cafe on this street. He died in a shootout with the suspect.

"His body was moved to Brooksville, Mississippi and from there the records kind of died," said Glascock.

His wife of seventeen days buried him at an unmarked grave in Brooksville. Two years ago the{}FOP found the graves of twenty two other officers. Hudson's grave still couldn't be found.

"That officer died working for all of us and he deserved to be found," said Susie Harris, a volunteer.

Just last week volunteers managed to track down a nephew who happen to know his uncle story and where he was buried.

"We did it, we found him!" said Harris.{}"He's there! He's really there!"

Bob Jackson, Jr. says he's happy to see his uncle's bravery hasn't been forgotten.

"This happened before I was born and I just now heard about it," said Jackson.{}"Now it has unfolded and it is real, I can see it."

Harris says it's a simple act of respect that every fallen officer deserves.

"He just deserved to have somebody care," said Harris.

The FOP has ordered a headstone to finally mark Hudson's grave.