Two events are in the works to honor the memory of slain Richmond County sheriff’s Deputy James D. Paugh.
Commemorative sew-on patches will go on sale Friday through Road Knights of Augusta, the motorcycle club Paugh helped found. The patches, about 2½ inches in diameter, cost $10. Proceeds will go to Paugh’s family.
Paugh, a traffic deputy and 17-year veteran of the force, was shot and killed Oct. 23 when he stopped to investigate a suspicious vehicle on Bobby Jones Expressway. The shooter, Army Spc. Christopher Michael Hodges, then killed himself.
The patches depict a silver sheriff’s star with a black band across it emblazoned with Paugh’s name.
The patches are intended to be sewn onto a leather motorcycle vest but can also be attached to ball caps and any other articles of clothing, Cosnahan said.
Also coming up is J.D. Paugh Memorial Night at the Dec. 17 Augusta RiverHawks hockey game. Two dollars out of the $12 entry fee will go toward the college fund for Paugh’s son, Brandon.
Ken Shugars, a friend of Paugh’s and a volunteer with the team, said the night was originally scheduled as a public safety tribute night, but will now emphasize Paugh’s service.
Shugars said the law enforcement community has come to embrace Paugh’s son and family.
“He may have lost a father, but he gained 2,000 uncles,” Shugars said.
The hockey game costs $12 and starts 7:35 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at James Brown Arena.