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"My last crew died in front of me. Not, not my crew. They were my brothers. At night if I'm trying to go to sleep, I see them. If I hear a car backfire, I see them. Sometimes I see them for no reason at all."
—Judd Ryder[src]

Judson "Judd" Ryder is a character on FOX's 9-1-1: Lone Star who was the sole survivor of Austin's original 126 house after a rescue call ended in tragedy. He debuts in the first episode of the first season of 9-1-1: Lone Star and is portrayed by starring cast member Jim Parrack.

History

Early Life

Judd was born in Seguin, Texas [1], the youngest of three brothers. [2] Before the series began, he had been a firefighter at the 126 since he was in high school. He went to Austin Heights High School. He worked with the crew whom he called his "brothers" and felt they were like family to them. He worked there for about 20 years before the tragedy.

In 1995, aged 12, him and his friend, Cal, decided to drive a car during the night. Judd first get in the passenger seat but Cal is too small to reach the pedals so the boys switched seats. On the road, they came across another car who dare them to do a speed contest, Judd slowed down the car while turning and Cal decided to step on the pedals himself to beat the other car. Unfortunately, they crashed into a tree and Cal is seen unconscious with blood dripping from his ear and nose. Later that night, at the hospital, while waiting for his dad to pick him up, Judd sees as the surgeon comes and tells Cal's mother that he passed away.

In 2012, Judd is explaining to a bible class how a firehouse works and the woman taking care of the kid comes to see him and give him a card with the number of a prayer hotline if he ever needs to talk to someone who isn't a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Later that day, he is sent on a call about a woman yelling from the inside of her house, when Tommy asks him to help him get the woman on the gurney, the woman - who turns out to be Cal's mother - recognises and tells him to get out of her house. At night, he calls the prayer hotline and meets Grace through the phone. After a talk with Grace, he goes to Cal's mother house and starts fixing up her garden, mailbox,... to try and do everything he can for her. One day, she steps outside to gives a drink and invites him inside.

After he broke up with Grace, while on a call, Judd gets angry at a man for blocking the way to the hydrant and destroys the windows of the man's car. When the man tells him that he will report Judd, Judd starts punching him and he is arrested by a police officer who's on the scene. Stuart comes and bails him out of jail and tells him that Judd needs to stop acting like that because he's going to end up hurting someone really bad.

Tragedy of 126

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During a call where a fire broke out at a fertilizer company, the Austin firehouse #126 responded, and Grace, who was taking the call, advised them of the caller who was stuck in the middle of the compound. Judd answered, theorizing that the fire was moving fast and looked like a four-alarm. The crew rushes in to rescue the caller and begins putting out the fire with hoses. The captain of the firehouse advises his men to give it all they got as the fire worsened and he finds another person calling for help above the water tower. They try and put more pressure on the hose, but the water runs out. Judd lets his captain know he spotted a hydrant about 100 yards away, and he gets clearance to run a four-inch line towards it. Judd makes it to the hydrant and the water begins to successfully spray out further and they cheer in excitement.

Judd lying unconscious after the explosion

However, Judd suddenly receives a call back from Grace, who tells him that a maintenance man who called in reported that the factory stored ammonium nitrate fertilizer, a highly explosive compound. Judd runs back towards his men to warn them to pull back, but he is too late as the entire factory explodes, tragically killing everyone, but knocking him back and leaving him unconscious. He spent six weeks in the hospital recovering. [3]

Return to Work

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Six months later, Judd returns to the firehouse he formerly lived in, to see it being cleared out from the memorials of the rest of the 126, intending to get his job back. When Owen tries to give condolences, Judd rebukes them, angered that he had to get reinterviewed for a job he already had. Owen tells him he invited him down with respect to see if he was ready to return to the job, and based on their conversation, he wasn't. Angered, he denies having PTSD and acknowledges himself as the best firefighter in Travis County, and that Strand had no right to come in and rehire an entirely new crew except for him who has experience working in Texas. He storms out in anger, unaccepting of the "fake ass condolences".

Later that night, Grace comes home and asks Judd how the talk went, and he tells her that it didn't go well. Believing the PTSD was an excuse for him to not get rehired, Grace reminds him that he had recurring nightmares. When she suggests for him to get another job at a different station, he refuses, thinking if he left 126, it would be like leaving his crew behind. Believing that Strand had it out for him and it wasn't fair, Grace reminds him of the situation he went through when asking for her hand in marriage: her father said no, and he, not giving up came back daily to ask him again until he said yes. She reminds him not to give up, as he hadn't ever taken no for an answer yet.

After Grace gives Owen some encouragement to give Judd a second chance, he tells her to bring him back down to the station again. In the morning, Judd sees that the memorial for his fallen crew was now in the trash, notably upsetting him. Judd apologizes to Owen, but remarks that his old job no longer existed, as it now had been "trashed" along with his crew, since every memory of his former crew was now gone. Owen defends this, saying that nothing had been thrown away but they did need a fresh start after the tragedy. Still upset and feeling that Owen was doing this to gain instant respect just because he had survived 9/11, Judd gets up to leave, but Owen stops him, telling him of his cancer diagnosis. Owen tells him at some point, he would have to face his diagnosis just as Judd would have to face what he had lost. Judd expresses his worries of facing them, thinking he couldn't get "the monster back in the cage." He apologizes for everything and expresses his appreciation for Owen trying to help but feels it would not work out.

Owen comforting an upset Judd.

As Judd walks outside the station, he looks up and sees a large visual plaque, of pictures of every single one of his crew. Remembering their voices and unable to handle the emotional toll, he breaks down crying in front of everyone. Owen comes downstairs, clears the room and tells him it was the first thing he put up back in Manhatten as well. He tells him the monster was coming out either way, to which Judd understands. A short time later, Judd is seen working with the newly rebuilt 126 once again, later promising to go to therapy as well.

Therapy

Judd's first therapy session takes place in "Yee-Haw" with Grace in the room with him. The therapist asks him to close his eyes for a focus exercise on the night of the incident that killed his crew and that his PTSD brings back the bad memories of that night so they can be processed. Then, the therapist asks him to close his eyes once again and counts each breath up to five while remembering that night as it happened. He gets overwhelmed by emotions at the second breath and leaves the therapist's office. Later that day, Judd tries again to focus on the incident with Grace, at their place, and he succeeds to lift off the tiniest weight in the world of his chest.

In "Studs", he gets flashbacks from the incident that killed his crew during a fire at a breeding facility.

Stuart's accident

In "Awakening", Judd's father, Stuart, fell on the one of his rug and stay laying on the ground for a whole day which leds Judd to think about getting him help because Judd and Grace worry about him being alone in his house. Judd tells his father that while he doesn't want him to go to a nursing house, he wants to have a more manageable house. Later, Stuart calls 9-1-1 and asks for Grace because he cuts his arm and leg with glass and Grace helps him through it until paramedics arrive. Stuart ask her to not say anything about it to Judd. She does tell Judd about it and the couple come to visit Stuart at the hospital where Judd tells his father that he can stay in his house only if he promises to wear a necklace that will call 9-1-1 if he presses the button on it. Stuart tells them that he will do it on one condition, if they start giving him grandbabies.

Wildfire

During "Hold the Line", Judd teams up with Marjan, Paul and Eddie Diaz when they go looking for eight kids and their counselor. They find the counselor and all the kids minus one, Marjan and Eddie stay down there while Judd and Paul go looking for the last kid. Judd and Paul find the kid with his foot stuck in a bear trap and with Hen's help on their radio, they save his life. He's there with the others to join TK and Buck in their quest to save Owen and Hen.

Grace's Father Affair

During an emergency call, Judd finds his father in law in a hotel room with another woman that isn't Grace's mother. He tells the paramedic to check his glucose because he knows Grace's father has diabete. At the hospital, he tells Benjamin that he knows about the affair but that he hasn't say anything to Grace because that's not something you should tell to someone you care about on the phone. When Judd and Grace have dinner with Tommy and Charles, Judd reveals to them what happened with Grace's father.

Car Accident

Judd and Grace drive to Stuart's house to celebrate his birthday and his second vaccination. While driving, he and Grace start talking about starting their own family but they get into a car accident and fall off the bridge into the river. In the water, Grace is awake while Judd is unconscious, she shakes him awake, he does and tells her that he's going to smash the window and swim to the top of the river. Grace tells him that she can't because she can't move, Judd goes underwater and tries to free her leg but fails. Grace orders him to leave her alone and saves himself but Judd refuses because the "deal" was to stay right by each other's sides until the end. At the hospital, Judd is the first to wake up with Owen and Tommy in the room where Owen tells him that he had an accident, Judd immediately starts asking about Grace. Judd is concern about the fact that Grace was underwater for 6 minutes because you can get brain damage if you're underwater for 4 minutes and Tommy tries to reassure him by telling him that some of people didn't get brain damage after being underwater for 7 minutes, that the water was cold and that Grace is strong. Judd goes to see Grace in her hospital room while her parents are there too and Tommy gets him to leave by telling that food is here. When he leaves the room, he sees the 126 and Carlos all being present, waiting for him. He tries to get food for her and thanks them for being here with him. He shares a hug with Owen and then with the whole 126 before learning because of Carlos' coworkers that the drunk driver who drove them off the road is in the same hospital.

Then, Judd goes to the drunk driver's room, Caleb, and threatens to break his wrist if he screams or calls for help. Judd gets him to confess to being drunk while driving and Caleb tells him that he has a problem and that's it's not his fault. Judd starts telling him about how Grace saved more than a thousand of lives through her job and starts choking Caleb with his arm out of anger. Owen and Benjamin rush into the room, tell him to stop and that Grace is finally awake and wants to see him. Once in the bedroom, the doctor comes and Grace tells her that she can't feel her legs, the doctor tells her that it's normal and that's entirely normal and that the feeling will come back and that they're both coming to be okay. Judd asks her what she means by "they" and the doctor announce to them that Grace is pregnant. Judd leaves the room and goes to tell first, Stuart and then the 126 that Grace is doing good and that she's pregnant.

Life Post-Accident

In "A Little Help From My Friends", Judd is worried about Grace not asking for help when he and her parents are there for her if she needs to. But later, during a new morning, Grace asks for his help to get her walker.

In "Slow Burn", he replaces Owen as Captain while Owen is recovering from his surgery. In "The Big Heat", he's trying to convince Owen that Billy isn't guilty. Later in the episode, Judd comes by Billy's place to talk to him. Judd tells him that he knows Billy sold out Owen to the police and that he is the arsonist. Judd tells Billy that he broke his heard and when Billy asks him if he wants to punch him, Judd ends up doing it. He then proceeds to tell Billy that they're done with each other now. The next day, Judd evacuates the firehouse when Owen tells him to right before two bombs explode in the firehouse. He apologises to Billy about the punch when they're all at the Ryder's house.

Charles' Death

In "One Day", Judd is home when Grace comes back from PT. He's looking through their registry for the baby and Grace points out that their baby won't need cowboy boots just yet. Then, Judd tells Grace that he has a feeling they're going to have a daughter. They're interrupted by Tommy calling Grace and asking them if they can take care of Evie and Isabella for a few hours in the afternoon and of course, the couple accept. Once the girls are at their house, Grace asks Judd if they told him anything about what's going on with Tommy, Judd answers that they said that Charles was gone when they woke up this morning after Evie heard a car in the driveway. Judd tells Grace that he texted Charles but that his texts went unanswered.

Later that day, Judd gets a call from Owen who asks him if he heard from Tommy today and Judd answers that they're watching her daughters right now. Owen asks Judd if Tommy told them she was at the hospital because of a relative getting a procedure done and which relatives of her live in Austin, Judd answers that it's only her and Charles. Then, Owen tells Judd about Tommy being in the middle of a police standoff.

At night, Tommy comes pick up the girls, thank the couple for taking care of them and when Grace starts crying, Judd is holding her.

Changing Firehouse

After the firehouse blew up in "The Big Heat", Judd starts working with the 122 until the 126 firehouse is rebuilt. There, he joins Marjan and Paul who now work there too. When the 126 and their loved ones go to rebuild the firehouse on their own, Judd is present when Billy announces that he's shutting down the 126 permanently.

Ice Storm

In "The Big Chill", Judd is seen in the morning, painting the nursery of his and Grace's unborn daughter. Grace joins him and tells him that he has time to finish painting it because the baby won't be able to see two feet away from her face within the first months. Grace tells him that the baby coming soon isn't what's bothering him and Judd tells her that yes it isn't. He's bothering by the 126 being demolished in the same morning. Grace tells him that he has to go to sleep because he has a shift and people depends on him and that she'll continue the painting. Judd agrees and starts to leave before getting a call from Marjan and declining it.

At the 129, Paul notices Marjan coming in and looking angry. He warns Judd about it before she gets to them. Judd apologises for not taking her call in the morning and that she was most likely there when the demolition ball swung, Marjan replies that there was no ball swinging and that the 126 is still standing for the time being. Marjan says that everyone gave up when Owen abandonned them and Paul replies that he didn't abandon them, the department just wouldn't reinstate him. Marjan tells him that this isn't actually true and that he could've been reinstated the next day but he chose not to. Marjan shows them the apology letter that Billy sends her and that all Owen had to do was sign it and he didn't. Judd tells her that he wouldn't apologise to that snake - Billy - either. Marjan says that if he had just sucked up his pride, he could've been helping them fight for the 126. Paul tells her that that fight has been over months and Marjan replies that it's only over because Owen walked away and when they lost their leader, they lost each other. Marjan turns away and starts leaving, both men ask her what she's doing and she tells them that she's going to get him back and to tell Captain Andrews, she's taking a snow day after Judd reminds her she has a shift.

Out on a call, Judd is on the phone with Grace talking about Marjan. He tells her that he didn't put chains on her car because she left too quickly. Grace asks him why he didn't stop her and Judd answers that no one can stop Marjan when she has something in mind. Judd tells her that she's wasting a trip because Owen is never going to sign this apology letter. Grace reminds him that he did punch the man, Judd says that the punch wasn't that hard and Grace replies that he knocked the man out cold. Judd asks her of his girls are doing and Grace tells him that she's enjoying a cup of chamomile. Judd is worried about Grace feeling bad and tells her to take care of herself. Their phone call gets cut because of the weather.

The 122 arrives at the shelter that collapsed that is on fire when it hit a gaz line when it dropped. Carlos tells Captain Andrews that they managed to get everyone out but they need to get the people to another shelter. Judd intervenes and says that he called the warming centers and they're all filled up and the shelter isn't open for another 4 hours. Carlos tells them that he might know a place that's open now. Soon, the 129 arrive on scene too. They put out the fire and create an ice palace. Carlos runs to Judd, Paul and Mateo to tell them that someone is still stuck inside, a teenager volunteer named Lindsey. Paul tells him that they had a list and Carlos replies that she was the one in charge of the list so she didn't count herself. Captain Andrews tells them that if they send a team in, they could be looking at a secondary collapse before Captain Tatum says they'd have to assume she survived the first collapse. Tatum tells Mateo that if he hears any sounds of the roof cracking, he has to get out of there and Andrews tells his team that if anyone isn't confident going inside, they can stay outside with no judgement. Once inside, Judd, Mateo and Paul and their teams are looking for Lindsey and they separate to have more space to explore. Judd calls out for her and they hear banging from Lindsey as a response. While Paul is separated from the rest, a part of the roof collapses and projects him away from where he was standing.

In "Thin Ice", Judd is outside of the now collapsed building, telling Captain Andrews that they need to go inside before USAR put a red tag on the building. Andrews tells him that there's 20,000 pounds of ice on the structure and that they can give them some ladders and chainsaws to start removing the biggest pieces. Judd replies that this would take a couple of days. Andrews tells him to remember what happened the last time they went in and that they don't even know if Paul and Lindsey's status or where they are. Judd goes after him and tells him that if they lose Lindsey then he wants to be able to look into her parents' eyes and tells them they have done everything in their power to save her, which is not the case right now. But that if they go in there quickly and tread lightly, they can take a look around before USAR shuts the building down. Andrews accepts but tells them that if USAR make the call, they have to get out of the building right away.

Inside the building, Judd leads the team composed of Mateo and some members of the 122. He tells them to be safe and to not compromise the structure. They scream for Paul and tries to find him through their thermal detector without success. Mateo says that maybe they're going in the wrong direction, if they even know which direction is the right one. Judd tells him that they don't but he knows someone that could help them figure it out. Judd calls Grace through dispatch and tells her that the last time they saw Paul was at the south wall while Grace is looking at the building schematics of the structure. Grace realises that they're somewhere on the basketball court and Judd confirms it when he finds a hoop, Mateo telling him that "his lady is good" and Judd replying that it's why he called her. Judd asks Grace how they should proceed to find Paul and she tells him that their best bet is to "double back through the Alpha Bravo wall" because there's a lot of load-bearing beams and a good chance of air pockets for them to make it through. Judd thanks her and they're interrupted by Paul's voice on the radio, Mateo asks him where he is and Paul replies that he's in some sort of locker room, Grace tells them that the locker room is 25 yards northeast to where they are right now.

Judd and Mateo get out of the structure and join Captain Andrews outside again because they couldn't get to them from the inside. Andrews asks them what they suggest and Judd says that they'll try to make it through the outside with a couple of pneumatic jackhammers before opening a hole in a wall and make it to the locker room. Andrews tells them that vibration could make the building collapse even more, Judd agrees that it's a risk and Mateo says that Paul and Lindsey won't make it out of here if they don't try. Andrews tells them that he gets the feeling that even if he says no, they'll do it anyway and Judd tells him he's right. Judd radio-in Paul and tells him they're about to make a hole in the wall so it might get a little shaky where they are. After minutes, they manage to make a hole and Mateo and Judd go through it, helping Lindsey and Paul out of here, Judd giving up his turnout coat to Paul so it can warm him up a little before Paul is brought to the hospital.

Later that day, Judd surprises Grace at the dispatch center, holding bags of grocery store for the rest of her shift. She asks him what he's doing here and he tells her that himself and the rest of the guys were going to go check on Paul at the hospital and he told them to stop the truck so he could come by and thank her for the help during Paul and Lindsey's rescue. Judd cleans the puddle of water he made because of his boots covered in ice and Grace asks him what he brought with him, Judd leads her to the break room of the dispatch center and when she asks him if the whole team is waiting outside in the truck, he tells her that it's not the whole team and that they at least have the heat on. Judd tells Grace that he couldn't bear the thought of her drinking chamomille tea so he bought her English breakfast tea and Judd says that he did and he brought her ginger chews she likes when her stomach is upset, and cough drops just in case too. Grace tells him that she told him she was fine on the phone and Judd replies that he knows but he wanted to come check on his girls anyways. Grace tells him that his girls are fine and they appreciate him but that if he leaves his crew outside any longer, they are the ones who will need the medicinals. Judd agrees but tells her to holler him on the radio if she needs anything.

In "Shock and Thaw", Paul is in his hospital bed when Judd and Mateo comes in. Both of them hug him and Judd asks him how he is feeling. Paul replies that his core temperature is still 90 degrees but that the doctor says he will keep all his fingers and toes. Then, he tells Judd that his turnout coat is in the cabinet and Judd thanks him for looking after it for him. Paul thanks them for saving his life out there and that he knew if anyone was going through these walls, it'd be his boys from the 126. Judd tells him that it's because he knows how they do. Paul continues by telling them he loves them and and when Mateo offers the idea of hugging again, Judd hugs him at the waist since he's sitting and Mateo is standing, before saying that they love him too. After, Paul asks them what happened with Marjan, if she actually got Owen to sign the apology letter to Billy. Judd replies that it remains to be seen. Paul asks if Owen is still being stubborn and Judd replies that it's because they haven't heard back from Marjan yet. Paul says that he feels like she would've checked in by now, Mateo replies that cell service is out and that her and Owen are probably riding out the snow together now. Judd jokes saying that God will have to help Owen if he doesn't sign the letter before walking out of there. Mateo says that knowing Marjan if he doesn't sign, he's not walking out at all.

They're interrupted by Lindsey's parents coming into the room with arms full of gifts bags before being followed by Lindsey attached to an IV bag. She apologises to Paul for her parents who insisted on bringing him gifts to thank him. Paul says that it's okay and that they didn't have to do this. Cole - Lindsey's father - says that he saves their daughter's life, it's the least they can do. First, they give a lambswool throw since he's recovering from hypothermia. He adds that he'll open the Rolexes later, Mateo asks Judd if he really said Rolex with a "s" and starts looking through the bags before Judd slaps his hand. Lindsey apologises once again about her parents. Cole thinks Paul doesn't like the blanket and asks him if he wants another color because they can get him a new one in a special order. Mateo says that Paul should say he likes it so they don't kill another lamb, Judd reassures him by saying they don't kill lambs, they just shave them. Paul says that it's a very lovely blanket but they're too generous. Cole replies that they're just getting started before asking Paul if he wants a Maserati. Judd and Mateo starts laughing and Paul looks confused repeating what Cole just said. Cole confirms that he means the car unless Paul wants a truck. Paul replies that he couldn't accept this, it's just too much. Mateo says that he could accept it, remembering them that he was at the rescue too with the jackhammers. Cole asks them to forgive him before asking for Mateo's last name, Judd stops him and tells him that they're alright and that the reward of being a firefighter is the job itself. Cole says that he respects that because he feels the same way about his work, Judd asks him what his line of work is and Cole replies that he's in the milk cartons. Mateo asks him how can he offers all of that by selling milk and Cole corrects him, saying he's selling the cartons, not the milk.

Personality

Judd is a passionate, caring person for the people he loves most and finds himself as a leader. Riddled by the slight feeling of guilt towards himself on being unable to warn his former crew before they were all killed, he often pushes this feeling away, and it results in him feeling very caring towards the newest crew, especially when he is put as leader of an emergency. He feels responsible towards them all and it can be seen towards his behavior to them often. When it comes to his own pain, he struggles with it, afraid he could never be the firefighter he once was, but is slowly being pushed out of this mindset while in therapy.

Relationships

Grace Ryder

Judd and Grace first met on the phone as Grace volunteers for a prayer hotline that Judd called one day. She first called him "John" because he didn't want to tell her his name. He tells her about what happened that day with Cal's mother and he explained to her how he hurt her in the past. Grace, then, told him to go to her even if he would probably get spit on. Grace recited Psalm 31 to him and it was what convinced him to go. At the end of their first conversation, he tells her his actual name is Judd. Judd keeps calling Grace at the prayer hotline to tells her about the progress he's making with Cal's mother. While he's at the bar, Judd tries to call after he finally managed to get Cal's mother's forgiveness but someone at the prayer hotline tells him that Grace stops volunteering there. While at the bar, Judd hears Grace's voice from where she's sitting with her friends and when Tommy sees him, she decides to introduce them. Grace and Judd go dancing where Judd tells her that Cal's mother didn't spit on him and actually forgave him. Then, Grace tells him that the reason she stopped volunteering is because she's moving to Georgetown. They start dating, and two months after, Judd tells Charles that he put him down as reference with some firehouses in D.C. and when Charles asks him if he's smitten with Grace, Judd tells him that he's in love.

One day, Judd comes to the Williams' house to pick up Grace for a date and meets with Grace's father, Benjamin. He tells Judd about their family story and legacy and tells him that Grace is destined to have a bright future but it can't happen if Judd is a part of it because of the job he's doing. Later that night, Grace tells Judd that she decided to stay in Austin and that she loves him and that she knows he loves her too. Judd lies to her and tells her he doesn't love her. Grace leaves the car and they broke up that night. The same night, Judd gets Psalm 31 tattooed on his hand. In 2013, Judd comes to the hospital the day Tommy is giving birth and he's meeting Grace in the waiting room, she notices his tattoo. He asks her about her new job and she tells him that she's training to be a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Judd asks her if she's seeing anyone and Grace tells him that yes she's seeing someone, Judd tells her that he's a lucky man and Grace answers that he is but he is too "dumb or stubborn to know it and that he hasn't picked up the phone in 6 months." when Judd starts to respond, Charles comes him and tells them that they're going to be their twins' godparents. They start holding hands as a sign that they're ready to get back together.

When he tried to get her father, Benjamin's approval to marry her, he rejected and he came back every day, even building him a pool deck just to prove that he truly loved her. Grace answered the call when the 126 tragedy had struck, and knowing that her husband was the one on the call with her, she panicked when he was knocked out, not knowing he had survived. After the tragedy, Grace was there to help support him and is the one who convinces him to get him back on his feet to return to the newly rebuilt station. After unintentionally insulting her faith he refuses to go back to church, he apologizes and decides to slowly return as it's important to her, and to support just as she supports him. [4]

Judd has mentioned to Strand that he would "walk through fire" to show how much he loves Grace, and makes her feel safe in their marriage together. [5] When on a call and recognizing Benjamin was subject to having an affair, he is notably shaken. He arrives at the hospital and confronts him, telling him to tell his daughter and wife, not wanting the burden of hurting Grace. Soon after, Grace and her mother arrive, and Benjamin lies about what led him to the hospital, leaving Judd to feel guilty about not telling her, as he knows she is close with him. After talking about it with the Vegas, Tommy tells him that he would be hurting her more if she finds out herself with him having known. Judd tries to tell her the morning after at her workplace, but backs out. Later in the day when he returns, he tries to finally tell her, but unfortunately, Grace had picked up on hints Judd had tried dropping during dinner with the Vegas, and she had listened to the call about her father herself. She tells him she appreciates and understands why he kept the secret from her as he didn't want to see her get hurt, but does not want to talk further about it, which he understands.

In "Saving Grace", after their car accident, the couple learn that they're going to have a baby together.

Owen Strand

Owen and Judd are friends. Judd is the first person in Texas who learns about Owen's cancer. During the altercation between Billy and Owen, Grace tells Judd that if Owen hadn't tell him to go to therapy, she didn't where they would be right now so she tells him that he should help Owen if he can. Judd meets up with Billy and tells him that while "he's flashy, his heart is in the right place". Billy then tells Judd that Owen is the one who came up with the CPAT test, not Billy. In "Displaced", Judd is excited about the idea of Owen and Gwyn having a baby.

TK Strand

TK and Judd get off on the wrong foot when TK ignores Judd's instructions on a call that could have ended a lot worse. Judd then calls TK 'the coach's kid' which greatly annoys TK in "Texas Proud". After a discussion with his wife, who prompts Judd to apologize to TK, the two of them hug it out and become close friends. Judd seems to be quite protective over TK, like an older brother would. Judd is shown praying with Grace when TK is at the hospital. He is also very understanding and even kisses TK's head when TK, after revealing his addiction and relapse, tells the 126 team that he's decided not to leave his job in "Austin, We Have a Problem". In "Everyone and Their Brother", TK asks Judd to help him teach him how to drive the firetruck and when he fails, TK tells him that he's distracted because he got some news the night before; his parents told him that they were expecting another baby. Judd hugs TK during his one year anniversary of sobriety party. They share two hugs in "Saving Grace": one when Grace is unconscious and Judd is in obvious pain and the other when Judd tells everyone that Grace is pregnant. In "The Big Heat" Judd asks Carlos to leave TK alone when the couple gets in to a fight. At the end of the episode he is seen comforting TK after Carlos' and his house gets burned down in.

Tommy Vega

Judd and Tommy are very good friends. Tommy is the one who made him go talk to Grace. He is the godfather of her and Charles' twins.

Paul Strickland

Judd and Paul are good friends. They grew closer after working together at the 122 with Marjan for 8 months.

Trivia

  • Jim Parrack, the actor who portrays Judd, is a Texan in real life as well, as he was born and raised in Allen, Texas.
  • Judd has a tattoo on his hand of Psalms 31, a lament psalm in the Book of Psalms. Grace read it to him during their first phone call and he got it tattooed after their break up. ("Saving Grace")

Appearances

Season One
"Pilot (9-1-1: Lone Star)" "Yee-Haw" "Texas Proud" "Act of God" "Studs"
"Friends Like These" "Bum Steer" "Monster Inside" "Awakening" "Austin, We Have a Problem"
Season Two
"Back in the Saddle" "2100°" "Hold the Line" "Friends With Benefits" "Difficult Conversations"
"Everyone and Their Brother" "Displaced" "Bad Call" "Saving Grace" "A Little Help From My Friends"
"Slow Burn" "The Big Heat" "One Day" "Dust to Dust"
Season Three
"The Big Chill" "Thin Ice" "Shock and Thaw" "Push" "Child Care"
"Red vs. Blue" "In the Unlikely Event of an Emergency" "3x08" "3x09" "3x10"
"3x11" "3x12" "3x13" "3x14" "3x15"
"3x16" "3x17" "3x18"

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References

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