Former GM employee now Beavercreek’s first African-American firefighter

David Hudson (pictured middle), with son and daughter during swearing-in ceremony. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

BEAVERCREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — The Beavercreek Township Fire Department swore in their first full-time African-American firefighter Monday afternoon.

David Hudson Jr. has been working with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department since September of 2010. He received the “Rookie of the Year” award in 2011; however, the accolades weren’t so easy to come by only a few years ago.

Hudson was let go from his job at the General Motors Assembly plant in Moraine in December of 2008.

“It was hard for a lot of people. But by the grace of God, I was able to make it through that time. I didn’t lose my house, I’m in the same house. My family is still together,” He said.

He told us he is trying to be a good role model for his son to look up to.

“It’s something I’ve been wanting for a long time. It’s the perfect example of what can be done with a little hard work and determination,” Hudson explained.

His wife, Donita Hudson, gave him support while he was pursuing the next step in his life–obtaining a college degree.

For David, the dream of being a full-time firefighter was filled with other obstacles, too. He tells us the competition between firefighters is fierce.

“Anywhere you go, there’s 300 people taking the test, and there’s only two positions open. So you can’t take nothing like this lightly,” David says.

David will begin working immediately full-time with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department.

“It’s a wonderful thing. It’s a wonderful thing. I’m going to serve this community good. I’m going to put in the work. I’m ready.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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