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Flags at half-staff for funeral of Richmond County deputy

Posted: October 26, 2011 - 9:09am  |  Updated: October 27, 2011 - 8:37am
Flags fly at half-staff at Evans Town Center Park in memory of Richmond County Deputy J.D. Paugh, who was gunned down early Sunday morning by an Army National Guardsman who then killed himself.  Barry Paschal
Barry Paschal
Flags fly at half-staff at Evans Town Center Park in memory of Richmond County Deputy J.D. Paugh, who was gunned down early Sunday morning by an Army National Guardsman who then killed himself.

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Flags on Columbia County buildings today are being flown at half-staff for the funeral of slain Richmond County Deputy James D. Paugh.

Paugh, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office motorcycle patrolman, was shot and killed early Sunday morning after stopping to check on what he might have believed to be a disabled vehicle on the roadside of Bobby Jones Expressway at Gordon Highway.

Paugh was slain by Army National Regard Spec. Christopher Hodges, who then killed himself with a gunshot to the head. Hodges is a 2004 graduate of Evans High School.

Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies will handle traffic duties for today's funeral, including closing intersections, said Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Richard Weaver.

The funeral is set for 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Extension.

In addition to the route from the funeral home to the church, the funeral procession is expected to extend about six miles to Hillcrest Cemetery on Deans Bridge Road, traveling along a route that follows Jackson Road, to North Leg, left on Gordon Highway and right into Hillcrest.

The funeral procession is expected to include law enforcement officers, firefighters and tow-truck operators in honor of Paugh's traffic patrol duties. Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength earlier announced that Paugh's radio call sign, T-31, would be retired from service.

Area volunteers Thursday evening, during visitation at Thomas L. King Funeral Home in Martinez, posted the funeral route with American flags and signs of support for Paugh and his family.

 

 

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