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Remembering Captain Mike Hudson
Michael L. Hudson began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Deputy in 1993 volunteering his time until he joined the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office April 30, 1994, as a Corrections Officer. After a year of solid service in the jail, he was hired as a sworn Deputy and began serving the citizens of Shelby County, patrolling their streets and keeping their neighborhoods safe. He was dedicated to his profession and was selected to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant on April 6, 2000, where he spent time in both the patrol and investigations divisions. He was a good Sergeant and gained the respect of his deputies, investigators and supervisors alike. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on January 11, 2008, and spent time in both the Patrol and Corrections divisions. After seven more years of dedicated service to the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Shelby County he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned command of the Patrol division. He held that position the day he died, October 30, 2016, at the age of 49.
Captain Mike Hudson had many milestones in his law enforcement career, one that will be remembered with respect. He was a proud team leader of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Unit for 12 years. He had the rare distinction of graduating from the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course in November, 2006, and then the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in March, 2013. In a career that spanned 22 years, he had countless other educational and professional training certificates. He held a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Political Science degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He was also scheduled to graduate from UAB with his Masters in Public Administration this December.
Captain Mike Hudson left a legacy behind at the Sheriff’s Office when he died. While he initiated many developmental courses for the men and women under his command, one thing shines brighter than the others. Upon his graduation from the FBI National Academy in 2013, then Sheriff Chris Curry made him the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) accreditation manager for the Sheriff’s Office. Under Captain Hudson’s direction, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office became the first Sheriff’s Office in Alabama to become CALEA certified in 2014. That certification remains in place today thanks to Mike Hudson.
What is missing above is Mike Hudson’s military service to this country. Mike was a proud member of the U.S. Army. He was on active duty from May, 1990, through October, 1992, and stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was an Army National Guard member from October, 1992, through October, 2001. Following the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, he was on active duty again as a squad leader for B Company 1-167th Infantry, Operation Nobel Eagle, at the Anniston Army Depot. From January, 2003, through September, 2004, he fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Task Force 1-64, where he led a squad from 2nd Platoon, C Company 3-15 Infantry through some of the fiercest fighting in and around Baghdad. His men fought through engagements in areas with names like An Najaf, Karbala, Baghdad and Fallujah. A book, “Thunder Run”, was written about the battles of Task Force 1-64, the first Americans into Baghdad. None of the men under his command died throughout his time in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike Hudson distinguished himself in the Army and in combat. The Army recognized his service with the Combat Infantry Badge and multiple U.S Army Commendation and Achievement Awards. Mike Hudson used these words to guide his actions- Be, Know and then DO.
The words above describe a life of service to others. They describe a man’s career but they really do not define him. On November 4, 2006, Mike Hudson saw a car down an embankment and stopped to check on the driver. What he found was a young lady who was injured from the wreck and he immediately called for paramedics. Before they arrived and as he was talking to the victim, the car ignited into flames. Mike Hudson and another person who had stopped got the young lady out of her car and carried her to safety. He received the Sheriff’s Medal of Valor for his actions that day. Another example from many in his personnel file (1999), “Deputy Hudson went beyond his normal call of duty to help my family. My wife and daughter could not say enough about how nice and helpful he was.”
Michael L. Hudson will be missed by many. His law enforcement family will miss him. His military family will miss him. His family and friends will miss him. Sheriff Samaniego would like to express his deepest condolences to Mike’s wife Betsy and his children-Taylor, Morgan and Gracie. “Captain Mike Hudson served his community and his country with dedication and distinction. Words at this time do little to ease the pain of a lost loved one or friend but they need to be spoken, if not for Mike then for the one’s grieving his loss. Mike was a good person and a good friend and I will miss him”, said Sheriff Samaniego.
Vehicle Accident at County Road 26 and State Road 70
At approximately 7:20 a.m., on Tuesday, October 25th, an accident involving a dump truck and passenger car has occurred at County Road 26 and State Road 70. Officers are enroute from Columbiana PD and motorists are advised to take an alternate route around this area for a short period of time due to traffic and 1st responders. Updates will be posted as they are received.
Deputy Involved Shooting
On Saturday October 22nd, 2016, at 10:16 p.m., Shelby County 911 received a call requesting Sheriff’s Office deputies respond to a residence in the 6900 block of Old Highway 280 to try and de-escalate a domestic situation where one of the family members was mentally ill. Upon arrival the deputies spoke with the caller and were then confronted by the other family member who had a weapon and charged at one of the deputies. The deputy ordered the subject to stop but he refused to comply. As a result, the deputy used deadly physical force to protect himself and others. As a result, Nathaniel B. Dorough, 21 years of age, was shot by the deputy. Deputies immediately attempted medical aid and Chelsea Fire and Rescue paramedics responded to the scene. In spite of their efforts, Dorough was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sheriff Samaniego and Sheriff’s Office investigators responded to the residence and the multi-jurisdictional Shelby County Major Case Unit was assigned the responsibility of investigating the incident with the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office. The Shelby County Coroner’s Office also responded to the home.
Sheriff Samaniego issued this statement, “This is a sad event and I offer my deepest condolences to Nathaniel’s family and friends. Mental health issues are one of the biggest concerns facing our country and our county. The actions taken tonight will be reviewed in depth by the District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office will be completely transparent and forthcoming with anything they need to complete their investigation”.
Any requests for additional information regarding this event should be directed to Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.
Roadway Re-Opened at Shoal Run Trail
On Thursday, October 13, 2016, at approximately 1:30 pm, deputies and officers from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, as well as Cahaba Valley Fire, Hoover Fire, and North Shelby Fire Departments have completed traffic control operations in the 900 block of Shoal Run Trail and all roads and accesses are open at this time. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank all residents and motorists in this area for their cooperation and patience during this time.
On Thursday, October 13, 2016, at approximately 10:00 am, deputies and police officers from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force and Birmingham Police Department, as well as fire personnel from Cahaba Valley Fire, Hoover Fire, and North Shelby Fire Departments will be assisting federal law enforcement agents by conducting traffic control in the 900 block of Shoal Run Trail. This will require law enforcement to block the entrance to Shoal Run Trail which could cause residents in this area to be affected for a short period of time. An area has been designated for displaced residents to wait that will be located at the Shoal Run Trail clubhouse. Citizens can expect slower than normal traffic in this area due to law enforcement and fire department presence and motorists are urged to follow all traffic directions given during this time period. Additional details and updates will be issued by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office as they are received.
Partial Opening of US Highway 280
At 6:25 a.m., 1 lane of traffic in each direction on Highway 280 has been opened. The fire has been contained to the cab of the truck carrying liquid oxygen and there is no hazmat danger at this time. Motorists are still cautioned to drive carefully in this area and try to use alternate routes if possible. Further updates will be provided as they are received.
US Highway 280 Closed
At 6:00 a.m. on Friday October 7th, 2016, US Highway 280 is closed in both directions between Shelby County Highway 41 (the Narrows) and Doug Baker Boulevard (Lee Branch) due to a vehicle fire in the area of Highland Lakes Drive. All traffic in this area must find alternate routes until the fire is contained and the roadway is reopened.
Road Re-Opened on Caldwell Mill Road between Pinto Lane and Cahaba Valley Trace
On Monday, September 26, 2016, at 2:45 pm, the one vehicle accident has been cleared and Caldwell Mill Road between Pinto Lane and Cahaba Valley Trace is re-opened at this time. Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution in this area.
Road Closed on Caldwell Mill Road between Pinto Lane and Cahaba Valley Trace
On Monday, September 26, 2016, at 2:00 pm, a one vehicle accident has closed Caldwell Mill Road between Pinto Lane and Cahaba Valley Trace for an indefinite period of time. This will effect school traffic from Oak Mountain High School. It is suggested that traffic use County Road 119 at the south end of Caldwell Mill Road or Cahaba Valley Trace on the north. A vehicle hit a power pole and lines are blocking the roadway. Crews are enroute but the road will be closed for some time. Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution in the area and use the suggested alternate routes of travel. Further updates will be issued when the roadway is cleared.
Accident on County Road 13 involving 2 vehicles
On Thursday, September 1, 2016, at approximately 10:00 am, a 2 vehicle accident occurred in the 500 block of County Rd 13 in Helena. Alabama State Troopers are on scene with assistance from Bibb County and Shelby County deputies. There were reports of four people injured with possibly one fatality. Local motorists are encouraged to drive with caution in the area and seek alternate routes of travel. Further updates will be issued when the roadway is cleared.