ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -The St. Louis Fire Department is mourning the loss of firefighter Jeffrey Hudson. Hudson was an 18 year veteran of the department.
The department draped black bunting on the headquarters building in Hudson`s honor.
A press release from the department states that Hudson was on duty when he passed away. Firefighters say it appeared Hudson died in his sleep on Wednesday after returning from an early morning call.
'He was a terrific family man,' said fellow firefighter Cedric Ross. Ross knew Hudson since 2nd grade when the two grew up in the Walnut Park neighborhood of St. Louis City. Ross believes Hudson was 46 years old.
Ross said Hudson loved his family which includes one son and two daughters.
Hudson also loved being a firefighter.
'He took pride in the medical aspect of it and he took pride in the firefighting,' Ross said.
Hudson served from Truck Company 36 on South Kingshighway and Christy. Ross and Hudson served together in north St. Louis from Engine House 10, located near Whittier and Kennerly.
'When it came to fighting fires he was beyond the rule book,' recalled Ross. 'He was tremendous.'
Ross recalled how Hudson brushed flames right off his own shoulder while fighting a fire.
'He was the bravest, and it was just something that was in him,' said Ross. 'He was an example for firefighters.'