Augusta, GA — It was around one in the morning on October 23, 2011 when Deputy J.D. Paugh murdered when returning home from a special assignment. Deputy Paugh was off duty when he stopped to investigate a car pulled off in the grassy area of an exit ramp on 520. One of the individuals in that vehicle began firing at Deputy Paugh with an assault rifle. By the end Deputy Paugh was fatally wounded and the suspect took his own life.
While Deputy Paugh’s life was taken that night, others were saved. The woman, who was in the car with the suspect, was able to get away — escaping the domestic situation which had led to her being in the car on the side of the interstate. He also saved the lives of motorist who the suspect had been randomly firing his gun at.
In the weeks that followed, friends and colleagues longed to do something positive in memory of their fallen brother. It started as a motorcycle ride with plans to donate the money to Deputy Paugh’s family. The family, though, wanted to give back, and since then what started off as a one time benefit has grown. Yearly rides, concerts, golf tournaments all bring the community together in honor of the fallen officer, and every bit of money raised is used to help protect other officers.
If you would like to learn more about the J.D. Paugh Memorial Foundation, or make a donation, you can visit their website at http://www.JDPaughMemorial.org.