Richmond County Sheriff’s Office motorcycle deputy Alton Creech was remembered Friday as a devout Christian, loving husband and loyal public servant.
Several hundred people gathered outside Georgia Regents Medical Center’s emergency room on a warm, humid night to pray for Creech, who died Friday afternoon from injuries he sustained in an off-duty motorcycle crash Thursday.
“Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life? I’m going to tell you that Alton sure did,” said Rev. Kevin Steele, pastor of National Hills Baptist Church where Creech was a member. “While he wasn’t perfect, he understood that he served a perfect maker.”
Creech died at Georgia Regents Medical Center about 4:15 p.m., according to Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.
Creech, 32, was approaching the Belair Road westbound exit on his Harley-Davidson about 5:15 p.m. Thursday when he hit the back of a 1999 Toyota Camry, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Creech was airlifted to the hospital.
Skid marks from Creech’s motorcycle, stretching 90 feet, showed he tried to stop before striking the Toyota, Morris said. The driver of the Camry, Rex Reed, 25, of Martinez, was uninjured.
At the candlelit vigil, Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy Billy Hultman urged the gathering to remember Creech’s wife, Amanda, and family in prayer.
“These folks are going to need a lot of shoulders of the next several weeks and months,” Hultman said.
Hultman first met Creech more than 10 years ago when both were teenagers. The two friends reunited when they joined the police force and worked the same shift.
In 2010, Creech won the title of “top shot” in a sheriff’s office shooting competition for the third consecutive year, which was a first for the agency.
“Christ came into this world to give you hope and life,” Steele said during the vigil. “Though it may seem sometimes darkest in the night, know that the dawn always comes in the morning.”
Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. Lewis Blanchard said funeral arrangements will be announced today.
Sheriff Roundtree and the family of Deputy Alton Daniel Creech would like to thank everyone within our community for their thoughts, prayers and outpouring of support.
There will be a memorial service held for Deputy Creech at Thomas L. King funeral home, 124 Davis Road, Martinez, Georgia on Monday evening, May 20, 2013 from 5pm until 8pm.
Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Extension, Augusta, Georgia on Tuesday morning, May 21, 2013 at 11am. Deputy Creech will lie in state for one hour prior to the service.
The burial will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 2700 Deans Bridge Road, Augusta, Georgia immediately following the funeral.
Dr. Kevin Steele of the National Hills Baptist Church and Reverend Ken Gross, Chaplin for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be officiating the services.
In addition to being a Deputy with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Alton was a Petty Officer 3rd class E-4, in the Navy Reserves. Alton was born on 10-18-80, he joined the RCSO on August 2, 2003, and his End of Watch was 5-17-13.
Alton is survived by his wife, Amanda Aycox Creech; his father, Raymond Edward Creech; his mother (deceased) Laura Creech; his brother, Kenneth Bedgood; and his sister, Angela Yearty.
Pallbearers will be from within the RCSO Motors Unit: Deputy Daniel Puckett, Deputy Brian Johnson, Deputy William Wright, Deputy Daniel Burlingham, Deputy Steven Jones, and Deputy William Geisen.
Honorary Pallbearers will include all RCSO Law Enforcement Personnel and other agency Law Enforcement personnel in attendance at the funeral.
Alton had a passion for law enforcement, loved his fellow deputies, the Motors Unit and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. He was working on a project in an effort to purchase top of the line safety vests for the RCSO Motors Unit.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to help facilitate the purchase of these bullet resistant safety vests for his fellow Deputies.
Donations may be made to the RCSO Benevolent Fund, 400 Walton Way, Augusta, Georgia 30901 in honor of Deputy Alton Creech.