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Hundreds honor slain Richmond County deputy at biker night

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Many will remember Rich­mond County sheriff’s Deputy James “J.D.” Paugh for bringing people together.

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Michelle Vaughn gives Deputy James "J.D." Paugh's family a photo book she and other friends made for them. They also received two photo collages. Paugh started a bikers' night at Crazy Turks Pizza on Monday nights.  Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Michelle Vaughn gives Deputy James "J.D." Paugh's family a photo book she and other friends made for them. They also received two photo collages. Paugh started a bikers' night at Crazy Turks Pizza on Monday nights.

On Monday night, more than 200 people and more than 150 motorcycles from several biker groups belonging to Paugh’s friends and family gathered at Crazy Turks Pizza restaurant on Washington Road to pay tribute to the deputy, who was killed early Sunday.

The rest of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office motorcycle unit was treated to an on-the-house and off-the-menu dinner at Carolina Ale House on Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway earlier in theevening, according to Jimmy Vowell, Paugh’s longtime friend and riding buddy.

The unit was planning to go to Turks after dinner but got the call to go to Atlanta to transport Paugh’s body back home after his autopsy was completed.

Paugh started an unofficial biker night at Crazy Turks on Mondays, when he would meet up with friends and talk motorcycles and life, said Sammy Caines, a fellow biker.

Caines also said Paugh is credited for starting a biker night on Thursdays at Carolina Ale House and was trying to start one on Wednesdays at Buffalo Wild Wings.

“Bike people are different from car people,” Caines said. “It’s a way of life. We all got something in common if you ride.”

Paugh’s personal motorcycle was a black Suzuki Boulevard, even though he rode with a largely Harley-Davidson crowd.

“He was thinking about getting a Harley,” said Cap Robertson, a retired military officer and friend. “I kept telling him, it would be an easy transition for you.”

The bike, however, doesn’t make the biker, according to Paugh’s friends.

The back porch of Turks was overflowing with people, and the motorcycles filled the parking lot. Paugh’s family was given two collages of framed pictures and a book of photos of him.

As a testament to Paugh’s networking capabilities, on the first biker night more than a year ago at Carolina Ale House, 40-50 bikers showed up.

“That’s a lot of bikers,” Caines said. “But everybody liked J.D. He would make a point of talking to everybody.”

“Sport and touring bikes always keep separate,” said Jan Yu, who knew Paugh through riding. “But everyone is here tonight for J.D.”

Columbia County sheriff’s Deputy Greg Smith had known Paugh since he was 12.

“It’s a testament to who J.D was,” he said. “Look at the amount of people here.”

Yu helped collect donations at the event, and 10 percent of sales Monday went to Paugh’s family to help with funeral arrangements.


There will be a get-together for Deputy James Paugh at 6 p.m. Thursday at Carolina Ale House, on Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway at Augusta Exchange.

Donations will be collected that will to go toward getting higher-tech, bulletproof vests for Richmond County officers.


Visitation for family and friends of Richmond County sheriff’s Deputy James D. Paugh will be from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Road, Martinez.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Extension. Law enforcement officials should arrive at the church no later than 10 a.m. Thursday.


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countyman 10/24/11 - 09:57 pm
I'm glad to hear about the

I'm glad to hear about the size of the crowd at Crazy Turks, and how the larger chains(Carolina Ale) are involved too..

nowhine 10/24/11 - 10:19 pm
This is so sad that a great

This is so sad that a great guy like him is cut down by a deranged person that had no inkling of what he was doing. God must have some reason for this.

Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 10/24/11 - 10:33 pm
God is not the author of

God is not the author of evil, although He does use it to bring awareness and spiritual growth to those who invite Him into their difficulties and losses.

Asitisinaug 10/25/11 - 04:04 am
Why is money having to be

Why is money having to be raised for funeral costs of s RCSO Deputy killed in the line of duty? Is our commission not covering ALL associated costs? If not, why not? I agree with the donations and hope many give to support JD's family and children, especially college but expenses for the funeral, etc. should be fully covered by the taxpayers of this area.

Has the Mayor or Commissoners done anything positive for JD's family or the law enforcement community during this tragedy? They normally don't but you would think they would at this time.

It is great to see so many non-law enforcment people showing their support and it is greatly appreciated by many.

JohnScott213 10/25/11 - 09:17 am
I agree asitis... if the

I agree asitis... if the county is not covering the entire cost of the funeral, then it most definitely should. Maybe we should start an online petition. Fred, I hope you're reading this.

Patty-P 10/25/11 - 11:21 am
I agree with asitis on the

I agree with asitis on the coverage of funeral costs.

Brad Owens
Brad Owens 10/25/11 - 02:37 pm
Ditto asitis..

Ditto asitis..

whooney65 10/27/11 - 09:31 am
I agree that Richmond County

I agree that Richmond County should be paying every dime for his funeral...Donations from all fundraisers should go to his family!!But...they will probably say that since he was off-duty when it happened...they won't...Sad but true

Vito45 10/27/11 - 09:41 am
I don't know whooney, a LEO

I don't know whooney, a LEO is never really off duty are they? This man was killed in the line of duty just as surely as if he had pulled this guy over during his on duty shift.

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