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14 body armor vests for Richmond County deputies in honor of J.D. Paugh

Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 10:39 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 10:04 AM
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Fourteen body armor vests for deputies will be ordered this year in memory of slain Richmond County Deputy J.D. Paugh.

Three weeks before Paugh, a 47-year-old motorcycle deputy with the sheriff’s office, was fatally shot Oct. 23 by Chris­­topher Hodges, a Tennessee National Guardsman stationed at Fort Gordon, he sat in Carolina Ale House on Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway and expressed a desire to have a fundraiser for body armor for deputies.

When news of Paugh’s death hit the restaurant, general manager Mark Coleman said he knew what Paugh would have wanted.

Late last year, the restaurant gave the sheriff’s office a check for $7,688 for new vests.

“I think that it was more than what we imagined,” Coleman said.

The sheriff’s office orders 50 to 100 vests every year as new officers are hired and as older vests meet their five-year warranties, said sheriff’s Capt. Jack Francisco.

The price of vests varies from $600 to $1,000.

“We’re purchasing 14 vests out of that money,” said Mary Ann Gibbs, finance director at the sheriff’s office.

Coleman said Paugh had become a part of the restaurant before it opened. He rode up on his motorcycle when construction began to express his excitement and continued to drop by almost daily to check on progress.

“He cared a lot about the success of this restaurant and the people that worked here. I could have put him on the payroll,” Coleman said.

The restaurant plans to continue honoring Paugh’s wishes with another fundraiser. Its kickoff Bike Night is scheduled for March 15, with funds again going toward the purchase of new body armor.

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/17/12 - 01:20 am
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Great community involvement

Great community involvement in support of the Sheriff's Office and the many fine women and men that are deputies.

Great Job of supporting the community Carolina Ale House.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/17/12 - 06:35 am
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The more I hear of JD Paugh

The more I hear of JD Paugh the more I realize what a great human being we lost ....so sorry for us..men like this are few & far between..

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 01/17/12 - 09:26 am
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What a tribute to a real
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What a tribute to a real hero!!

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/17/12 - 09:39 am
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What a fine thing to do for

What a fine thing to do for all the good people at the sheriff department. They need all the protection they can get from these wackos that create so much trouble.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/17/12 - 09:39 am
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This was a great thing for

This was a great thing for Carolina Ale House to do, kudos to them!! If things continue the way they're going, everyone will need these...

xpresso1
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xpresso1 01/17/12 - 10:06 am
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This is awesome what a

This is awesome what a wonderful thing to do

Tammy Swann
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Tammy Swann 01/17/12 - 01:48 pm
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J.D.'s Smile in this Picture

J.D.'s Smile in this Picture say's it all.

citizen0226
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citizen0226 01/17/12 - 04:07 pm
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In next week's Augusta

In next week's Augusta Chronicle we'll be seeing a story about how JD Paugh's favorite doughnut shop is donating money in honor of...OH PUH-LEASE.
This is a sad and pathetic attempt by the Carolina Ale House to drum up a little business out of the untimely death of a motorcycle cop. Shame on them and shame on the Augusta Chronicle for reporting such worthless stories.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 01/18/12 - 05:20 pm
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Someone obviously doesn't
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Someone obviously doesn't like the police..Carolina Ale did a good thing...JD would have approved. Some people...

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 01/18/12 - 06:55 pm
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Kudos to Carolina Ale House

Kudos to Carolina Ale House for their gift for the officers of Richmond County. No doubt they will keep our deputies safe, and the act honors a fine deputy. Shame on those who post sad and pathetic comments to try to demean the honorable acts of our local businesses.

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kkmblakey 01/29/12 - 05:43 pm
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citizen0226, He was

citizen0226,
He was our family. We are not exploiting his death, we are celebrating his life and protecting his family....his brothers and sisters throughout the RCSO. We miss him terribly and we are only doing what he would have done. Just as the article states, this is something he wanted to do while he was still here. Please know that we aren't the same without him. He was with us almost everyday and then taken away in the most terrible way. Myself and everyone else at the Ale House will never be the same and we will do EVERYTHING we can to assist his love in life......which was protecting you and me!

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