Monday night, family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers gathered together to pay tribute to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office deputy.
Deputy Alton Creech died Friday afternoon at the Georgia Regents Medical Center after being in a motorcycle accident.
He was involved in the crash with a car on I-20 westbound near Belair Road. Investigators say that Creech was off duty at the time, and the accident happened while he was riding his personal motorcycle.
His funeral will be held Tuesday morning at First Baptist Church of Augusta. Creech was a ten year veteran of the Sheriff's Office and a former Navy Reservist.
Creech's friends and family members say he had a passion for law enforcement. They say the 32-year-old loved riding his motorcycle and telling stories… that's why Monday night was especially tough for the bikers Creech use to ride with.
Creech joined the Richmond County Sheriff's Office in 2003. Those who knew him best say he was a great man who enjoyed serving the public. Even in his off time, Creech continued serving the public by doing charity work with a group of bikers known as the Road Knights of Augusta.
“I knew of him. He was in our club for about 4 months and as far as I understand from the other members he has been a great asset to us. He's going to be really missed from our club. And I know that,” says Joe Campos of Martinez, GA.
Campos says Creech is the second friend the group has had to say goodbye to in the last two years. Back in 2011, Richmond County Deputy JD Paugh was shot and killed. The Road Knights of Augusta made a patch for Paugh. Now they are working on a patch for Creech.
“We are basically brothers and sisters. I mean, you can't really go too far without seeing two of us or three of us or four of us together. And we take care of each other. And just like law enforcement and military personnel we all take care of each other one way or another,” says Campos.
Campos says Creech was always looking out for others.
“His actions. What he did for the club and things like that. It is one thing that made him seem like a brother to me without even really meeting him face to face. Seeing him like this it's kind of depressing for me,” says Campos.
Campos says the Deputy Alton Creech patches will be ready in about two weeks.
Creech's family is accepting donations to help pay for top-of-the-line safety vests for the Richmond County motor unit.
Donations may be made to the RCSO Benevolent Fund, 400 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901 in honor of Deputy Alton Creech.