TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas firefighter has been memorialized in Austin.
Longtime New London volunteer firefighter and former mayor M.V. Hudson died from injuries received when a water truck he was riding in crashed on Farm-to-Market 850 while en route to a grass fire. He was 86. Two other firefighters were injured in the crash.
The men were trapped in the vehicle when the tanker rolled onto its side.
Wednesday, Hudson was added to the Firefighter Memorial in Austin. Relatives and members of the New London Fire Department were there to witness the event.
The fire department posted about the event on social media.
“Thank you M.V. and your family for your service. While we miss him everyday, we are honored to have his name placed with the firefighters who have given all to make sure their communities are safe. MV had the true heart of a Volunteer. He didn’t have to serve, he wanted to serve, for no other reason than to help.”
Born in 1931, Hudson worked as a firefighter for decades.
He was a member of the Texas Eastman Volunteer Fire Department and served on the New London Volunteer Fire Department for 45 years, according to a obituary.
Hudson also served a term as mayor of New London - a period in which he referred to as one of his favorite times of his life.
“We pray for MV’s family, we pray for the New London Volunteer Fire Department, our surrounding departments, those that have gone before us and their families,” the department post reads. “Gone but never forgotten. Rest Easy MV Hudson, New London 914.”