David A. Poling

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Galliopolis, OH

Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Rank: Sergeant

Sergeant David Poling served as a United States Marine, a deputy a Police Officer, and finally a probation officer with the Gallipolis Police Department. He drowned in the OH River while chasing a suspect who had fled from police at a traffic stop.

David was a selfless individual who put others before himself. He was an exceptional Marine always leading the platoon from the front – a true hero to anyone he ever met. “David was a loving husband and father of two girls, a Marine, and my friend,” recalled Poling’s friend, Jimmy Taylor.

Age: 32

Date of Death: May 22, 2007

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