ELDRIDGE — Hudson McKearney has two dreams: to be Captain America, and to be a police officer. On Friday, one of those dreams came true.
Hudson was sworn in as an honorary Eldridge police officer Friday by Eldridge Mayor Marty O’Boyle. His badge number is Eldridge 102, and he’ll be a member of the police department forever.
Hudson, who is 4, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia just before his 2nd birthday. He has had more than 15 life-saving blood transfusions and is now in remission, but he will still need chemotherapy until May 2022 and will likely need continued treatment for the rest of his life.
“Hudson kind of stole our hearts a few months ago,” Eldridge Police Chief Joe Sisler said as he introduced Hudson before his swearing in.
The Eldridge community center was full of family, friends and community members who cheered Hudson on as he was sworn in. Officers from several departments were in attendance at the ceremony, including the Eldridge Police Department, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, the Cedar Rapids Police Department and even Iowa State Troopers.
Hudson didn’t say much during the event, but he waved to friends and family and proudly posed for several pictures. Friends and family brought presents and cards for Hudson, and pizza was provided by Hall of Fame Pizza & Wings.