Officer Hudson honored with Helping People Award
SALISBURY, Md. – Prior to Third Friday, the Salisbury Downtown Plaza was still during a solemn ceremony held for a man who left a legacy larger than life – Officer Aaron “Bull” Hudson.
Though he passed six months ago Hudson is still making a difference, and helping those who knew him. And that’s the reason he was posthumously honored Friday on the Downtown Plaza with the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award for Wicomico County.
“I would be hard-pressed to find a different award that would better capture what it is that he did down here that his work spoke to,” said Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan, who worked along-side Hudson for eight years.
“There are a lot of deserving people in our community that help others, but the way that he impacted us, especially given that he’s not here to thank in person, nobody was more deserving of that award than Bull,” said Salisbury Mayor Jake Day.
During his 27-year tenure with the Salisbury Police Department Bull made a huge impact on the community, but maybe no where more than on the lives of Salisbury’s children.
“You see those kids now are growing and becoming useful citizens with respect, which is the way it should be,” said Salisbury City Council president Jack Heath.
And during that time Bull’s beat was patrolling the areas around downtown, including the Plaza, which he personally dubbed “The Bullevard.”
And out of over 100 awards handed out since 2012, this is the first one awarded posthumously. And as comptroller Franchot said, it was easy to see how Bull represented all of the characteristics of someone dedicating their life to helping others in their community.
The William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award was handed to Bull’s family.