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City mourns loss of officer

Members of the Thomson Police Department said goodbye to one of their own Monday as Patrolman Richard Redd was laid to rest in Augusta's Westview Cemetery.

Colleagues say Officer Redd, who was killed in a traffic accident in North Carolina while traveling to visit family for the New Year's holiday, will be missed.

"Richard was an all-around good person. He would do anything in the world you asked him to do," said Scott Whittle, investigator with the police department.

Officer Redd enjoyed outdoor activities including golf and fishing, and his family.

"He was crazy about his grandchildren," said Investigator Whittle, who recalled Officer Redd talking about how much they liked the new riding toy he had given them for Christmas.

Officer Redd had a wonderful sense of humor, said Investigator Whittle.

Jokes were frequent in the department, with Officer Redd joining in.

"He could take a joke better than anyone I know," Investigator Whittle said.

His personable demeanor and his friendliness will be missed, said Jerry Stanphill, investigator.

"He was always willing to help," he said.

Officer Redd was forthright and could always be counted on for an honest opinion.

"He was one-of-a-kind. We're going to miss him," Investigator Stanphill said.

Dispatcher Pat Garbutt, who worked the same shift as Officer Redd for three years, said, "It really hit hard."

"Any time you lose an officer or deputy that really works hard to do his job properly, it's a great loss to the whole community," he said.

While helping with community events, "We did a lot of cooking together," he recalled.

Some especially vivid memories involve the annual 9/11 Memorial Luncheon which Officer Redd and Dispatcher Garbutt co-founded.

"We've always had it in remembrance of slain officers of 9/11, but now we will also do it as a memorial to him (Officer Redd)," he said.

Officer Redd, who joined the Thomson force in 1997, had a diverse career in law enforcement. He served as a firefighter, was a sheriff's deputy in both Richmond and Columbia County, and served as an Augusta police officer. He was a member of the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, an organization for police officers.



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