Georgia sheriff’s lieutenant who served for 30 years died Monday

Credit: Richmond County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Richmond County Sheriff's Office

The Augusta lieutenant died at his home

Richmond County officials and citizens are sharing tributes after the loss of a lieutenant who served the Augusta area for more than 30 years.

Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. James “J.R.” Compton served the Augusta area as a police officer since 1989. He joined the sheriff’s office in 1996, after the offices were consolidated, according to a Facebook post on the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office page.

On Monday, he died after a medical event at his home, according to the Augusta Chronicle. He was transported to Doctors Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Last year, he celebrated his 30 years of service with Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree.

The Richmond County Marshal’s Office posted condolences on the office’s Facebook page Monday afternoon.

“Lt. Compton has served this community for over 30 years and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Rest Well, Lieutenant,” read the post.

Several former colleagues and citizens spoke of Compton’s dedication Monday.

Eugene Chesser  said, "Thank you for your service and dedication Lt. Compton. Prayers for you, your family and the RCSO for your loss. Thank you for choosing our county to protect and serve, I hope we are worthy of your dedication and sacrifice."

Julia M Clark paid tribute by saying, "Thank you Sir for your services and dedication Lt. Compton. Prayers going up for family, friends and Richmond County Sheriff's Office. 😥🙏💙🖤💙🖤🙏😥"

Earl Bagley wrote: "I am so sorry for your loss. The years JR and I worked together as shift sergeants will never be forgotten. He's conducting that big roll call in the sky. Will miss you brother. He will be in my family's thoughts and prayers."

Travis Jenkins posted, "So sad, he was such a great guy with a huge heart. He will be missed."

Funeral arrangements have not been announced for Compton.