Family, friends and fellow deputies gathered Saturday to remember Christian Gandy, a Richmond County deputy lost in an off-duty motorcycle accident Tuesday.
A stream of flashing blue lights from Sheriff’sOffice cars processed down Davis Road on Saturday afternoon, filing into the Thomas L. King Funeral Home parking lot.
Across the street, black and white flags with a thin blue line waved in the wind as members of the CSRA Jeep Owners Alliance stood curbside, some with their hands over their hearts, as the cars rolled in.
James Wood, a member of the alliance, said the group of Jeep owners try to support law enforcement officers whenever they can, often serving meals at police substations in the area.
“We want them to know someone appreciates what they do,” Wood said.
And while Wood said he did not know Gandy personally, some members of the organization did, and he wanted to pay his respects.
“Someone now will be without a dad, a husband, a son or a brother,” Wood said.
As requested by the family, most attendees did not wear black but wore Gandy’s favorite color blue instead. Some opted for a more personal touch by wearing Star Wars shirts and carried toy light sabers to remember his love for the films.
In addition to the Richmond County presence, members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, local security companies and the Georgia State Patrol were present as well..
The slideshow of photos from Gandy’s life that played at the funeral home reminded visitors that he was more than a deputy.
“This was a guy who served his community, but he had a life too, and that’s what he was trying to do the other day,” one friend said.