AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Many people have our journey, whether or not it’s weight reduction, a tragic accident, or perhaps a mix.
One native police officer used every thing that has occurred to him and turned it into a lifetime of service.
Placing pen to paper to change into a police officer with Augusta College was by no means the plan for David Pouler.
“I didn’t develop up eager to be in regulation enforcement. I didn’t take that conventional route that officers do,” he mentioned.
However nothing appeared to go in accordance with plan for him.
“Your life can change immediately. On the blink of a watch,” he mentioned.
When he was 13, Pouler’s left foot was run over by a prepare.
“I just about zigged after I ought to’ve zagged and the prepare minimize my foot off proper above the ankle,” he mentioned.
His foremost concern on the time was not with the ability to play soccer once more.
“It was undoubtedly a life-changing expertise,” mentioned Pouler.
Pouler weighed 265 kilos till he was fitted with this prosthetic foot.
“As quickly as I noticed it, I knew I needed it,” he mentioned.
He was capable of lose greater than 40 kilos and compete in mud runs. It’s when he began serving his neighborhood as a firefighter for 12 years.
“I went at it as I went at something. Not figuring out what to anticipate however giving it every thing I’ve bought,” mentioned Pouler.
Pouler unlocked the door to change into an officer, after which he was additionally a sufferer advocate in Aiken County.
“Serving a goal or serving to individuals, I simply knew that’s the place I needed to be is simply serving to individuals,” he mentioned.
He says he’s answered a calling at AU, and in two months, Pouler shall be patrolling streets.
“Lots of people imagine that you simply’re judged in your successes, however I imagine extra so that you simply’re judged on the depths that you simply’ve climbed to get there,” he mentioned.
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