Public tribute was touching

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As law enforcement officers, we deal mainly with a segment of society who think we are the enemy. Unfortunately, we lose sight of the fact that not all people feel that way.

The public outpouring of love for slain Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy James D. Paugh, and support for the law enforcement community, has had a profound effect on me and many other police officers. It was an incredible showing, and has given the law enforcement community a renewed sense of purpose.

I know it has helped lessen a terrible blow to his family. J.D.’s death was untimely, sad and tragic. Was it a waste? No. J.D. stood and fought when a lesser man would have fled. At least one person and perhaps more are alive today who might not have been.

The entire law enforcement community has seen a public that loves and supports them! We needed that, and I personally want to thank every person who attended the funeral and lined the streets for J.D. You have performed a service to us that was more important than you will ever know.

Greg Smith


(The writer is a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy.)

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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 11/08/11 - 03:41 am
Hopefully, Deputy Paugh's

Hopefully, Deputy Paugh's senseless killing will serve as a catalyst for improved relations and increased informal interactions between the RCSO and A-RC citizens. Only with citizen help can the RCSO or any other law enforcement agency do its job.

shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 11/08/11 - 06:01 am
Officer Smith I can assure

Officer Smith I can assure you that the majority of citizens in any city of any state of the union depend on you brave souls to keep us safe.
Like you said you deal with that segment of the population that insist on breaking the laws you swore to uphold.
I've said it before that I can't imagine making a career out of job that is so dangerous. I know I couldn't do it.
Just know that most people sleep better at night knowing that folks like you are out there protecting them.
You probably don't hear it enough but this citizen thanks you.

seenitB4 11/08/11 - 07:28 am
Don't ever forget Officer

Don't ever forget Officer Smith we are out there pulling for you & the others...we are the quiet bunch & we try to obey the laws...we welcome the sight of a patrol car.......if I had my way you all would get a big fat raise. :)

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