SLIDESHOW: Sheriff Ronnie Strength career
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Ronnie Strength as a sergeant, violent crimes investigator
Sgt. Ronnie Strength discusses a case in early 1980s
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Sgt. Strength informs woman that a famly member has been killed at crime scene in 1980.
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Ronnie Strength cataloging evidence at his desk in 1982
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Sgt. Strength (left) and Deputy Mark Benson dust prints on car at Regency Mall following the attempted abduction of a woman.
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In 1987 photo, Maj. Ronnie Strength talks to witness after crime at C&S Bank.
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At a 1988 press conference in his office, Strength (right) discusses case with Sgt. John Gray (from left), Investigators Ron Peebles and Steve Smith.
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Strength under fire
In 1991 Maj. Strength directs operations around a house during a 9-hour standoff. In this photo, Strength was pinned down behind a small hill while being fired upon.
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IN a 1991 photo, Maj. Strength announces the arrests of two suspects in the murder of a cab driver.
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Strength addresses a small gathering of downtown business leaders in 2006.
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Sheriff Ronnie Strength speaks to the media about Operation Augusta Ink during a 2007 news conference at the Law Enforcement Center on Walton Way.
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Investigator Steve Fanning (from left), Lt. Scott Peebles and Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength investigate where a body was found near Brickyard Pond Road in 2007.
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Sheriff Strength looks on as TV cop actor Erik Estrada (center) is congratulated for his safety work by Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine. Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver also looks on in 2007.
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Sheriff Ronnie Strength greets mourners outside John H. Ruffin Jr.'s funeral in 2010.
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Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength speaks to reporters about a case.