Family and friends gathered Friday night to honor the life and legacy of Richmond County Deputy Alton Creech.
Deputy Creech died Friday afternoon at the hospital. He had been there since his motorcycle accident on Thursday.
He was involved in the crash with a car on I-20 Westbound near Belair Road. Investigators say that Creech was off duty at the time, and the accident happened while he was riding his personal motorcycle.
Friday, fellow law enforcement officers went out with Creech's family and friends for a vigil to remember him.
"If you're like me, you're trying to think of something good about what's going on," says Chaplain Ken Gross.
And that's exactly why friends, family and law enforcement officers gathered on Friday night. To remember the good times they shared with Creech.
"Alton was a great person. He was full of laughter. He always had a story to tell. That's one of the main things that you can say about him. He had some very vibrant stories and he told them with such enthusiasm you really felt like you were apart of the story," says Deputy Billy Hultman.
Hultman says he met Creech when they were teenagers. He said as they grew up, they lost touch with one another, but they reconnected at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Hultman says Creech was a man of God, a family man and a dedicated police officer.
"He's always been passionate about law enforcement since I've knowing him. When I met him he was in the process of applying for a law enforcement job. So I know it was a passion of his from day one," says Hultman.
Hultman says this is a difficult time for everyone at the Sheriff's Office, but especially for Creech's family. For Hultman, Creech's death brings back memories of other officers who have died so young.
"I hope people understand that we are law enforcement officers and we do have that thick outer shell, but inside we are people just like everybody else. We have feelings, we have friends, loved ones... it effects us the same."
Funeral arrangements will be posted on the Richmond County Sheriff's Office Facebook page sometime in the next few days.
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