News 12 at 6 o'clock / Saturday, May 18, 2013
EVANS, Ga. (WRDW) -- Once again, a community is mourning.
"Alton was a friend to everybody," said fallen Deputy Alton Creech's brother-in-law, David Aycox. "If you needed a friend, he was there for you. He was always caring and always willing to give you the shirt off his back."
On Friday, Deputy Creech succumbed to his injuries after an off-duty motorcycle crash in Columbia County the day before.
"He was a mentor to a lot of people. He was a great friend to many more," Aycox said.
Aycox says Deputy Creech always wore a smile and always kept his cool, even with such a stressful job.
"He was a brother, a son, a loving husband. He was a well-loved addition to the family," he said.
Aycox says he's still in "auto-pilot mode." By that, he means the overwhelming pain and sadness hasn't struck him just yet.
"When I first got my motorcycle, he was one of the first ones to go riding with me. He taught me how to ride a little bit better," Aycox said.
Creech was just 32 years old. He signed on at Richmond County Sheriff's Office in 2003.
Aycox says law enforcement was his love.
"He went to school for law enforcement. I'm not exactly sure what got him interested in it, but he went to school for it, and that's all he's ever known until he joined the Navy Reserves," he said.
Creech worked road patrol, criminal investigations and was most recently assigned to the motorcycle division. The Sheriff's Office says Creech was working on a project to purchase bulletproof vests for his fellow riders.
"He never expected anything in return when he helped people, and so, to me, that's the best way that you can honor his memory is to help somebody else who's in need. Do what you can for them, even if there's nothing in return, and later on one day, it'll come back to you," Aycox said.
If you want to donate to the family, a Sheriff's Office release says they'd rather you help buy those bulletproof vests. The release says to make donations to the RCSO Benevolent Fund at 400 Walton Way, Augusta, Georgia 30901 in honor of Deputy Creech.
A memorial service will be held at the Thomas L. King Funeral Home on Davis Road in Martinez on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Augusta on Walton Way Extension on Tuesday at 11 a.m.