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Appalachian Bible College News: No Small Sacrifice

David L. Grove may have been seen as an ordinary individual. Like most guys his age, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and the occasional Guitar Hero. True to his PA heritage, he was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fan. He graduated from Grace Academy, in Hagerstown, MD with the class of 1997, and later attended Appalachian Bible College for two years. While attending ABC, he was very active in his local Youth Group and Children’s Church. As his time here at ABC concluded, he continued his education at Penn State University where, in 2004, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Sciences. He then graduated from the Ross Leffler School of Conservation in 2008. However, this humble background is misleading, because David Grove was not a typical person. His faithfulness and commitment to serve his country was distinctly above average.

While making an arrest for deer poaching, Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove, 31, was killed in the line of duty, Thursday, November 11th. In the midst of handcuffing the suspect, a “ferocious exchange of gunfire” killed Officer Groves and wounded the suspect. Thankfully, police arrested the man the following morning. Please remember those in prayer that Officer Grove is survived by: his parents; his brother, Chad M. Grove and his family; his sister, Jennifer M. Grove; his grandmother, Laura Budd; and his girlfriend Angela R. Heare.

Officer Grove’s bravery stands as a testimony of faithful service. In the words of Charlie Wharton, Wildlife Division Coordinator, “No, he didn't travel thousands of miles from home and fight a faceless enemy; rather, he stayed home and protected us from our own.” His inspiring example of commitment is like that talked about in Luke 16:10, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much.” We are proud to have partnered with such a faithful servant.

The memorial service was held at 2 p.m.November 21, 2010 in the Waynesboro Area Senior High School Auditorium. Learn more about David Grove and his sacrifice.

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