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Hundreds gather for law enforcement appreciation at Hudson VFD

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
HUDSON, TX (KTRE) -

Despite the rainy night, hundreds showed up at the Hudson fire station Monday night to honor local law enforcement.

The event was put together after 8 officers were shot and killed in the line of duty in Dallas and Baton Rouge earlier this month.

"We expected a good turnout because it is law enforcement but this is beyond what we thought based on the weather," Hudson VFD Assistant Chief Jeff Barker said.

The event was not just attended by Hudson police but law enforcement from agencies across the county.

This was done for law enforcement," Barker said. "Because of our love for our brothers in blue and the sacrifices they have made and the hardships they are going through."

The officers and their families in attendance were given a barbeque plate provided by Bodacious. There were also door prizes handed out.

"It is too hard to name them off the top of my head," Barker said. "I have a list of people who gave. We had so many come out and support us."

The event was also attended by elected officials and clergy. In his talk to the officers in attendance, state representative Trent Ashby told the officers he is in support of new legislation to help officers.

"when we go back to the next legislative session, one of our first goals is to pass the governor's Police Protection Act," Ashby said. "I will be out front to make sure this gets done to help support everything you guys do for the community."

Last week, Ashby said he is unsure if the Act would get brought up in a special session or if it would wait until the regular session.

"I have no doubt that it will get bi-partisan support from across the state," Ashby said.

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