Tribute to 'J.D.' was touching

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In my 35 years with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, I have attended many funerals of private citizens, elected officials, local and state dignitaries and public safety folks.

Never have I seen the outpouring of support and love that was shown at the funeral for Deputy James “J.D.” Paugh.

The hundreds and hundreds of law enforcement officers and other public safety people were expected, as these folks always come forward in times of tragedy involving one of their own.

But the public support shown by hundreds of citizens that lined the funeral procession was nothing like I have ever seen. People holding American flags, banners and ribbons adorned the entire route – citizens with their hands over their hearts and many crying as the procession made its way to Hillcrest Cemetery.

I wish I could personally thank each and every one who was standing along the roadway showing their respect for what J.D. has done for the past 17 years in dedicating his life to the great citizens of Richmond County.

Our agency is having a difficult time coping with the loss of J.D., but the tribute shown by our citizens during these hard times has helped us so much.

Thank you, each and every one of you, for all you have done in supporting and paying your respects to this agency and to Deputy J.D. Paugh.

Ronnie Strength

Augusta

(The writer has been Richmond County’s sheriff since 2001.)

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peace4784
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peace4784 10/30/11 - 07:42 am
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You are welcomed Sheriff
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You are welcomed Sheriff Strength. It was an honor to stand along Gordon Highway to salute the funeral procession of J.D. Paugh. The thing is, all of the support given will never measure up to J.D's sacrifice. Our sacrifice of support was partial. James D. Paugh's sacrifice was total. But, then again, thats what heros do. He died so that others may live. Let's remember J.D. as we sleep safely in peace, as we walk safely down the street, and before decisions are made to cut support to the sheriff's office. Lets us never forget the heros who have died. But, let us not forget the heros who live to protect us each day. Our heros need bullet proof vests. Let those who care and are able donate at least five dollars to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office to purchase a vest for each one of our heros. Write J.D's initials on your check or money order to honor our fallen hero. Let's do it now! We can do this. Lets live up to what J.D. died for. My check is in the mail. May God Bless all the men and women who serve to protect us. Kevin Palmer

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/30/11 - 07:41 am
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Thank you Sir.

Thank you Sir.

daviddunagan
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daviddunagan 10/30/11 - 08:14 am
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We were there not only to

We were there not only to show our respect to Officer Paugh, but to honor those who serve and protect us everyday on every shift. DD

Dmorris
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Dmorris 10/30/11 - 10:52 am
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Thank you Sir is so correct!

Thank you Sir is so correct! This terrible, terrible, tragedy made me realize that we take our law enforcement officers for granted. I want to thank each and every officer for the protection provided for the citizens of Richmond County. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

scott-hudson
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scott-hudson 10/30/11 - 11:21 am
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There was a lady standing

There was a lady standing right at the entrance of Hillcrest and she said "thank you" to each officer as they rode by. There were hundreds of cars and she spoke to each one...Just hearing her saying that over and over drove home to me what we as citizens were doing, just saying thank you...and we all mean it.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 10/30/11 - 11:24 am
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Tears fill my eyes as I try

Tears fill my eyes as I try to read this letter. Thanks to all law enforcement for all rhey do.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 10/30/11 - 05:48 pm
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Yes, thanks to those who put

Yes, thanks to those who put their lives on the line every day to ensure my safety and my freedom.

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Patty-P 10/30/11 - 11:39 pm
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There are so many that

There are so many that support law enforcement and appreciate them for all they do. Thank You for a very touching letter. And thank you for all that RCSO does for the citizens of Richmond County.

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