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Meet Local Author: David Pope

David is originally from Harlan, Kentucky, a small coal town in the southeastern part of the state. He graduated from Harlan High School in 1969 and attended The University of Kentucky, SWCC, Eastern Kentucky University, and The Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

He has quite a varied resume that includes: newspaper ad salesman/reporter, law firm investigator, railroad maintenance laborer/machine operator, adjunct Mine Safety and Health instructor, railroad construction supervisor, and manager of a large music store.

David's EMS career began in 1985 and he retired from Fire-EMS in 2010. Eventually, he worked his way up from volunteer EMT to paramedic. For eight years, he simultaneously worked for a Trauma 1 Air Medical System. Throughout most of his career, he was also an instructor/preceptor for the local College of Health Sciences. Add in a stint as a medicolegal death investigator with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for four years prior to retirement, and you have a professional life overflowing with fascinating stories…most of which revolve around life and death scenarios.

Nowadays, David lives the good life with his wife Laura and their cat, Ellie, split between their home here at Smith Mountain Lake and the one they own on Anna Maria Island, FL. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, playing the guitar, and photography. He also loves visiting with his two sons, their better halves, and two sweet granddaughters.

Recently, he has been working on his memoir entitled, Red Lights and Beyond. Through our local Lake Writers group, I've enjoyed following his journey, and am excited to say that his book has been published and is now available for purchase!

For those who enjoy suspenseful, gritty, frontline, real-life stories, this page turner is one you'll definitely want to pick up!

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