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The City of Indio is proud to recognize Fire Captain David Hudson in his courageous efforts to serve those who suffered from Hurricane Harvey. As a member of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team - California Task Force 6, Captain Hudson was recently deployed to Texas to assist with search and rescue efforts from the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. California Task Force 6 responded with a 14-member Water Rescue Team module. Along with Captain Hudson, the California Task Force 6 was staffed with members from the Riverside City Fire, Murrieta City Fire, Corona City Fire, and CALFIRE. Captain Hudson responded with the team as one of two assigned Rescue Squad Officers.   

The team drove 26 hours straight from the Search and Rescue Headquarters in downtown Riverside to San Antonio, Texas. Once in Texas, the teams were deployed in the areas that were most devastated, with the primary mission to rescue and evacuate the residents that were in distress. Numerous people were evacuated onto military aircrafts and flown to safety. Boat operations were required to help assist with searching the widespread residential areas that had so many homes under water and medical treatment was rendered to those who were severely ill. The members of Riverside California Task Force 6 were deployed for a total of 11 days and all members returned home safely.

Captain Hudson began his career with CALFIRE in 1998. He has been a Fire Captain for 12 years and has spent the last seven years working in the City of Indio assigned to Truck 86. Captain Hudson is also actively involved in teaching technical rescue and fire suppression training classes throughout the State California. Captain Hudson is married to wife, Natalie, and has two kids, Matthew and Emilie.

The City of Indio is very proud to have such an outstanding citizen as a member of our community. Indio sincerely thanks Captain Hudson for his brave response during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, as well as his service as a Fire Captain for the City of Indio.