March 27, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Hundreds joined together at Warren Baptist Church today to remember a fallen Richmond County deputy.
Deputy Eric Sikes died last week when his patrol car hit a tree on the way into work.
Friends, family, and officers from across the area filled the church for a service that was both meaningful and very emotional.
Sikes' friend, Deputy Marshall Brian Thomas, shared a memory with us.
"At 6 o'clock as I opened the jail, he'd say good morning, and we'd have a conversation," he said. Those conversations made his mornings a little brighter.
Almost 400 people filled Warren Baptist Church to remember the happier times and to say their goodbyes.
His sergeant, Robbie Silas, said, "We'll begin to miss his presence being there every day at roll call. I'm sure it's going to be hard for us."
"He was very nice. You couldn't have a better friend or deputy to be on the road with," said another colleague.
Deputy Sikes was on the road watching out for all of us, and many friends believe that love will continue to live, through another deputy.
Last week, Deputy Sikes' family decided to donate his kidney to Deputy David James.
Deputy James got shot in the line of duty about 17 years ago and received a transplanted kidney from his mother.
That kidney recently started to fail, but the kidney he got from Deputy Sikes was a perfect match.