News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, May 17, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It was a ride to honor a life lost too soon.
"Show support for the family, show support for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office," said Kenny McGee, who works at Harley-Davidson of Augusta.
Deputy Alton Creech passed earlier Friday evening, surrounded by friends, family and bikers like McGee.
"Very close, Officer Creech was in our dealership before all of this happened yesterday, so it's tough," he said.
He was a biker at heart, on the job and in his spare time.
And mostly, he was a part of a community that loved to ride.
"It's family man, it's the whole biker community, if you look around, it's a mix of every biker group in Augusta," McGee said.
More than 60 bikers hit the road in honor of the deputy, circling right in front of the hospital where Creech died.
Family and friends looked out over the lot and saw bikes, balloons, roses, candles and many messages to the fallen deputy.
"We do it to show him that we did appreciate him," said Dorothy Tuten, who was there to honor the deputy.
A loss like this hits hard for her because her husband is biker.
"Every time he gets on it, is he OK while he's out there, is he wearing his helmet, does he have all of his protective gear on, is he going to come home safe?" she said.
Questions she asks herself every time he starts his engine.
That's why she's out here showing support for what Deputy Creech did for the community.
"We're just trying to show him how much we appreciate that," she said.
His memory will live on.
"Every year, you're reminded of it, you think about him throughout the year, there's memorials everywhere," McGee said.