Protect and Serve

Protect & Serve, is a display that presents the stories of law enforcement in the CSRA. This includes items of officers from the mid-19th Century to today.

Five people are highlighted:

*Major Rick Bell served on the police force from 1967-1995, 96 and retired just prior of city-county consolidation in 1996 and was also appointed assistant police chief.

*Sergeant Morris C. Watkins (1912-1983) who joined the Augusta Police Department in 1940 and held the position of street sergeant for the majority of his career.

*Officer Otis J. Hewett (1907-1969), a native of Augusta, worked for the Augusta Police Department and before retiring, served as a police dispatcher.

*Officer Evans Morgan (1835-1901) was born in the Augusta city jail where his father was the Jailer. Often in the 1800s, Jailers had an apartment within the jail. Morgan served as an office of the law, both in Summerville and Augusta, until his retirement in 1898.

*Deputy Sheriff James D. Paugh (1964-2011) was born in Augusta and lived in the area all of his life. He had been with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office for 17 years and was a member of the Motorcycle Division. On October 23, 2011, Paugh was tragically shot and killed after responding to a call on Bobby Jones Expressway.

Sign Up for our Newsletter!

Join Today

Become a Member!

Enrich your experience at the Augusta Museum of History with the benefits and privileges of membership.

Learn More

Donate Today!

From supporting preservation of collections to presenting the areas history through exhibits and programs, your annual gift...

Learn More