News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, May 20, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- He loved to ride his motorcycle, but Thursday evening, Deputy Alton Creech's ride ended in tragedy when an accident on I-20 took his life.
"No matter hot, cold, rain or shine, if he was in the mood to ride, he was gonna do it," said his brother-in-law David Aycox.
In his personal life and at work, Deputy Creech loved his motorcycle.
"He got to do what he loved to do everyday for work," Aycox said. "He always said if you love what you do, you're never gonna work a day in your life and that's what he loved."
On Monday night, his family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers gathered to remember him and visit with his family. His bike stood tall among his fellow law enforcement officers. His boots were turned backwards.
"I think a lot of people are waiting to wake up from a bad dream at any time now," Aycox said.
They filled the parking lot at the funeral home remembering a man and an officer who did so much for everyone.
"Alton was like a brother to me. Both on the road and off, we had something in common which was motorcycling and the community," said Ruff, president of the Road Knights of Augusta. "Seeing him in there, he looks peaceful, which is good."
Alton was a member of the club. An experienced rider who'd been doing it for years.
"It just goes to show you that even the most experienced rider can have things happen to them," Ruff said.
Alton worked for the Sheriff's Office for a decade ending up in the motors unit.
"He had a passion for riding and a passion for helping the community and that will be truly missed," Ruff said.
Following the death of Deputy J.D. Paugh, it's the second team member lost in less than two years.
"Losing J.D. a couple years ago and now Alton. It's kinda hit a lot of people really close to home," Aycox said. "It doesn't seem like it should be happening."
The funeral service for Deputy Creech starts Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Augusta. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Deans Bridge Road. The Sheriff's Office is planning to host a lunch for all area law enforcement after the burial. It's expected to start around 2 p.m. at Julian Smith Casino.
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