Grapevine Police Senior Officer RJ Hudson is returning to full duty for the first time since being critically injured in the line of duty more than two years ago.
Monday, November 4, 2019 is Senior Officer Hudson’s first full day back on his own in the Traffic Unit. Since the accident that nearly claimed his life, Ofc. Hudson has undergone 11 surgeries and hundreds of hours of intensive rehabilitation therapy.
On October 19, 2017, Senior Officer Hudson was traveling south on SH-121 near Hall-Johnson Road when an SUV swerved into his lane and hit his motorcycle. Sr. Ofc. Hudson was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Grapevine with dozens of broken bones, lacerations, and internal injuries. He was released from the hospital on November 22, 2017, where he continued his recovery at home. Hudson ultimately returned to work on light duty, but still faced several obstacles and setbacks in his recovery, including the need for additional surgeries and therapies.
On September 17, 2019, Officer Hudson was released from medical care and allowed to return to work in full uniform. He then spent the next several weeks re-acclimating and re-certifying in all aspects of his job duties as a motorcycle officer.
Throughout his journey, Hudson remained positive and focused on his recovery. The Grapevine Police Department recognizes the sacrifices, dedication, and determination by not only Senior Officer RJ Hudson, but his entire family for their unwavering support and positive attitude. Congratulations to Senior Officer Hudson, and thank you to everyone who assisted in his recovery along the way.
I’m including a list of Senior Officer Hudson’s injuries, but keep in mind it will not account for multiple breaks. For example, his broken hand will count as one injury, but in fact he shattered the bone into dozens of pieces. I’m counting that as “one” because not even the doctors could count up all the breaks. His injuries were so extensive, some of the breaks were not even discovered for several weeks due to swelling.
Both orbital bones broken
Cracked teeth and filling knocked out
Ruptured ear drum
Diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (T.B.I.)
Puncture wound right tricep
Bursitis in left hip
Broken left clavicle
Left scapula fractured
8 broken ribs (7 left, 1 right)
4 ruptures in lungs
Arterial bleeding & spleen injury
Torn right rotator cuff
Multiple compression fractures of vertebra
Left wrist broken
Left thumb broken
Right wrist broken
Right thumb, index finger and knuckles broken
Shattered bones in right forearm
Nerve damage to right hand
Ligament damage to right wrist
Tibial plate fractured in left leg
Torn meniscus in left knee
Ligaments & tendons torn in left ankle
Talus bone in left ankle fractured
Shattered bones in left foot
--26 different broken bones
Grapevine Police Department