October 24, 2011

James D. Paugh - Law Enforcement - Georgia

Deputy James D. Paugh, age 47, died in the line of duty on October 23, 2011, near Augusta, Georgia.

James was a member of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, in Georgia. He had over 17 years of service. 

At about 1:20 in the morning, Deputy Paugh came across a man and woman arguing in a grassy area on the Bobby Jones Expressway at Gordon Highway. As he pulled up to the scene, 26 year old Christopher Michael Hodges opened fire with an M4 assault rifle, killing Deputy Paugh. 

Christopher Hodges served in the Tennessee National Guard and was on temporary duty at Georgia's Fort Gordon for training. Just before Deputy Paugh pulled up, Christopher Hodges had apparently been shooting at passing vehicles on the highway. He was also believed to have been drunk. Christopher Hodges killed himself after he shot Deputy Paugh. 
Michael, Archangel,
Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for James

James was known as "J.D." to his family, friends and comrades. Friends of James Paugh describe him as a man who loved motorcycles, who was professional and helpful, on or off duty. Others describe him as funny, thoughtful and dedicated.

James is survived by many loving friends and family members including his mother, brother and his 13-year-old son.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that James D. Paugh is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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