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Fallen officer is honored in Brooksville

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 5/07/2013 8:01 pm
BROOKSVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- In what appears to be a long-forgotten section of the Brooksville Cemetery is the grave of a man without a marker.

Little Rock, Arkansas Police Officers traveled to this Noxubee County town to make a change.

His name was Thomas Hudson.

He was just 26-years-old when he was shot in the line of duty.

The year was 1920.

"I am very honored to be a part of this event because you're talking about 1920 when we were called Negroes or colored folks," historian James Bridges said.

This event is to bring closure to a family and to honor a man who was killed in a shootout while attempting to arrest a man burglarizing a cafe in Little Rock.

Officers have worked for the past two years to find all former Little Rock Police Department officers who died in the line of duty.

Thomas Hudson was the most difficult to find.

"He was, of course, as you see here in an unmarked grave and it took people to track him down," Patrol Officer Richard Glasscock said.

Beth Koostra worked with fellow historian James Bridges and one surviving family member to locate the grave.

"They wanted to locate all the graves of their fallen officers and this completes that," she said.

"This happened before I was born and I just heard of it. Now that it's unfolding, it's real and I can see it," Hudson's nephew Bob Jackson, Jr. said.

Soon, everyone will see it. The Brotherhood plan to put a headstone to mark his grave.

They will return every year to place flags on his grave.
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