On Tuesday, April 26 Chief E. Keith Hudson received the Patriot Award Office of the Secretary of Defense. The award is presented from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Group of the Department of Defense in appreciation for model employment practices for employees of the department who also serve in our United States Armed Services.
While one of Chief Hudson’s officers, Sergeant Young, was proudly serving his country oversees Hudson and the rest of the Milford Policed Department made sure that Sergeant Young remembered his friends and family back home. By putting together care packages and securing a job for him upon his return Chief Hudson received the Patriot Award for his employment practices.
“I am honored that I was recommended for the award. Anyone in our office could have won the award. The department really stood together to make sure Sergeant Young was taken care of,” stated Chief Hudson.
Keith Hudson graduated from Milford Senior High School in 1975 and was originally hired by the Milford Police Department as a Police dispatcher in 1977. Upon graduating with an Associate’s Degrees in Criminal Justice at Delaware Technical and Community College he was officially sworn in as a Milford Police Officer on December 8, 1978. Chief Hudson has now been a part of the Milford Police Department for 33 years.
“My favorite part about the career I have is the people I have met and those I deal with every day. I have never had a single day that is the same as the one before,” commented Hudson.
Chief Hudson is a member of the Delaware Police Chiefs’ Association, Delaware Police Chiefs’ Foundation, Sussex Chiefs’ Association, Kent County Chiefs’ Association, Delaware Police Chiefs Goals Committee, SLEAF Committee (Special Law Enforcement Assistance Fund), Maryland-Delaware Chapter FBI National Academy Associates, former member-IACP Victim Services Committee, former member -Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3, former 14 year member of Carlisle Fire Company and former member Kent County Quarterback club.
Outside of police work Mr. Hudson is also involved in Milford Little League Baseball Leagues, Milford Little League Softball Leagues, Parks & Recreation Youth Basketball League and an officer of Milford Pop Warner. He has also served on Lulu M. Ross Parent-Teacher Association, Milford Middle School Parent Organization, Milford Little League Board of Directors and Milford Pop Warner Board of Directors.