In recent days I have been saddened on four occasions at the death of former Richmond County sheriff's deputies.
It started with the loss of former Lt. R.A. "Bob" Wylds. It was followed by the deaths of Sgt. David McFeely, Investigator Bill Adams and, finally, former Lt. Willie Mingledolph.
It has been many years since I wore the uniform, but I have always maintained deep respect for the men who swore an oath and put on the badge. All dedicated a portion of their lives to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Richmond County.
I remember the time Sgt. McFeely dove into a septic pond to save the life of a child. As he pulled the young boy from the filth, he initiated CPR in a attempt to save the child's life. There were no large groups of people or photographers there -- only a few deputies.
All of these officers served the people of the CSRA in their own way. These four, along with Billy Eubanks, make five deputies to leave their loved ones in the last year.
Each worked to make this area a better place to live, and I will miss them all.
I am a better man for having known them. Each of you is safer for the dedication they made to their jobs and the people they protected.
James D. Jordon Jr.