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Deputy Sheriff James David Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff

James David "JD" Paugh

Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Sunday, October 23, 2011
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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff James David "JD" Paugh


Rest in PEACE MY brother.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)
October 23, 2016


I never officially knew you. But you would never know it. My dad always spoke extremely highly of you. It broke my heart hearing what happened to you that night. To this day I think about you. Every officer I see I make sure I tell them to have a good day and be safe. And every time I see one of you stickers you can bet I take a moment, lay my hand over it, and say a prayer for you, your family, your son, and your friends. We miss you JD. You can rest easy brother. We got it from here.

Sgt Ginger Crosby
GA Dept of Corrections/Child of a Friend
March 3, 2016

JD and I rode Harleys together for the Richmond Cty S. O. for nearly six years. To this day when I pass locations where we ran laser I expect to see JD there. When I was awakened at 2:00 AM and was told JD had been killed I knew he had been killed on his motorcycle. He had 5 bad wrecks; several of which could have been fatal. It was hard to get my mind around the fact he had been shot 11 times, while trying to help someone. He was off duty after working a special was on his way home. To this day I wonder if I would have stopped, JD just was that kind of deputy. Iwill be retiring in October 2015 (about a month from now, after 25 years with the S. O., still on the motorcycle unit). When JD died a part of me died, he was more like a real brother than a co-worker. He will never be forgotten as long as anyone who worked with him is still alive. He is dearly missed. Rest in peace JD, your watch has ended.

Deputy William H. (Bill) Wright, Jr.
Richmond County Sheriff's Office
August 30, 2015

As we are at the start of a new year, you are remembered and honored for your service. I pray for solace for all that call you beloved.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
January 1, 2014

J.D R.I.P you will always be missed !
It sounds like thunder far away, but the skies are blue and bright...
And soon they crest the hill nearby, and ride into our sight.
They shake the ground with powerful sound, and they make some hearts beat fast...
They look so proud and noble, like Knights come from the past.

Side by side, they always ride, and seem to move as one...
From early in the morning light, to the setting of the sun.
And children point and wave to them, from cars that pass them by...
And young ones ask their parents, why the men have mirrors for eyes.

They ride the roads, and fight for good, and defend small ones like you...
They ask to ride, and do with pride, and sometimes they are few.
Like men of steel, on Silver Wings, they sparkle in the light...
then with a roar and rumble, they ride out of our sight.

Sometimes when one has fallen, never to ride again...
You can hear the others calling, like thunder on the wind.
Side by side, they slowly ride, and their thunder is a mournful sound...
And the mirrors hide their eyes from us, when teardrops fall to ground.

So if you see one riding, and you look into his face...
You see your reflection in his eyes, you know that you are safe.
For motormen are a special breed, they love to ride the wind...
And when you hear the thunder boom, the fallen ones ride again.


Ron Walker

Michael L Trout
sone of retired A.P.D lieutenant Lewis Trout
October 23, 2013

I did not know Deputy Sheriff Paugh, but I know he was a hero. Thank God for the men and women who protect and serve.

Pastor and Police Chaplain Dennis Whitte
Bloomington, MN PD
June 6, 2013

It is very sad to here this, especially someone you are really close to.

Hannah Lothry
January 7, 2013

Amen ...William said it perfectly JD....You enlightened us all in the performance of our daily duties and learned never to take one day or anything we have for granted ....we miss you brother.

Deputy Jay Rawlings
Richmond County Sheriff's Office Traffic division.
November 6, 2012

its been a year now since we lost you. We still talk about you like you are still here on a day to day basis. Its hard to believe its been as long as it has been. The Ale House still has your pictures hanging, Coca Cola still has a banner out front of the bottling company. I cant tell ya how much we miss you man. You have touched so many people, both co-workers and people who didnt even know you. It seems like just yesterday I was waking up on a Sunday morning and hearing the news. I hope its news I never have to hear about another friend again. JD, you have taught me personally not to take life for granted. I try to be more aware and alert than I have ever been. I try to stay vigilant more than ever and I think about you on almost every stop and everytime I get out of the car to talk to someone. I now kiss my wife a little harder than I used too before I leave the house everyday. We miss the hell out of you man. But dont ever think for a minute that we have forgotten you. We miss you ole friend. Keep watching out for us and we will see you again one day. We love you and miss you dearly.

Deputy William Hultman
Richmond County Sheriff's Office Crime Suppression Team
October 24, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Paugh. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
April 3, 2012

A hero will never be forgotten, RIP Sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
February 20, 2012

Please attend a special event for Deputy JD Paugh on April 28, 2012. A celebration of JD's life from those of us who knew and worked with JD.

Michael Cardenaz, Chairman
Deputy JD Paugh Memorial Foundation
February 8, 2012


February 2, 2012

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiance Dennis. Every time I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Deputy Paugh. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. (The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for JD he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember JD's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that JD's life was about so much more than the way he died. JD will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Deputy Paugh, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiance Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been nine years and he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)
February 1, 2012

Its been a little over a month now but it seems like just yesterday we were waking up on a Sunday morning and hearing the dreadful news. There isnt a day goes by that your name isnt mentioned at the sub or at the L.E.C.. We sure do miss the hell out of ya man. I know you saw it all from above but the community sure stood proud of you as did we. Take it easy upstairs man and we will see you again one day. Dont forget us because we sure will never forget you. We miss ya buddy.

Deputy William Hultman
Richmond County Sheriff's Office Crime Suppression Team
December 2, 2011

For anyone who believes the police have lost their way...this man reflects the commitment that we all want to have. Taking his own time he stops to help someone in need, and the "victim" takes his life. You will be honored in heaven brother! No one can take that from you.

Officer Schneider
Calgary Transit
November 21, 2011

On behalf of the men and women who proudly serve the Sandy Springs Police Department, our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Paugh's family, friends, and co-workers with the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. Now our brother in blue you can walk Heaven's beat. RIP Deputy Paugh.

Officer D. Johns
City of Sandy Springs Police, Georgia
November 11, 2011

How many times do we as citizens pass by others thinking, wait until a police officer arrives, they can safely take care of whatever. This just shows that an officer never knows what he's going to find when he approaches a vehicle like that. And we think it's safer for him? God Bless this officer and all others like him that take those risks every day.

I was once blessed on an Interstate highway when a state trooper stopped to change a tire for me. Took him 20 minutes, would've taken me forever. I could've been in trouble if the wrong people had stopped to"help me". I sent him a gift card for a restaurant where he and his wife like to eat.(he in no way requested it) It doesn't really seem like enough does it?

S Kelly, citizen
November 9, 2011

Thank You brother for your many years of service. For that, we are all eternally grateful. Please do us a favor and watch over us as you walk the Beat of Heaven. Godspeed.

K. Jarrell, Officer
November 8, 2011

Thankyou for your service, you are a hero for us all to look up too. You will never be forgotten. God bless your family during these tragic times.

November 8, 2011

Thank you for your service and trying to protect the innocent!

trenton police
November 7, 2011


November 7, 2011

Deputy Sheriff Paugh,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Richmond County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


November 6, 2011

Our deepest condolences to the dear family and son of Deputy Paugh. God Bless him for his service and the sacrifice he made to keep others safe. Rest in Peace Brother, hero's are never ever forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC
November 4, 2011

Our entire staff sends our prayers to the family of Deputy Paugh and to the RCSO. Your bravery and service to this Country will always be remembered. RIP brother James.

Commander Griffin
MPS / DOPS Airport Protection Division
November 4, 2011


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