March 22, 2016 Auglaize County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to talk to Sgt. David Gilllispie as he threatened to take his own life at the German Zion Cemetery on Eisley Road, just east of Kossuth, according to Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon. After an unspecified amount of time of attempting to dissuade the Sgt. from taking his own life he committed suicide. The incident is under investigation by the Auglaize County Sheriff.
A statement was released by the Lima Police Department as follows:
The Lima Police Department is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Sgt. David Gillispie. We ask that everyone join us in keeping Sgt. Gillispie’s family in their thoughts and prayers.
Sgt. Gillispie served the Lima community with honor and distinction throughout his nearly twenty year career with the Lima Police Department. He first joined the department as a patrol officer in September of 1996, after completing an enlistment in the United States Air Force. In addition to being assigned to various patrol shifts he held the following assignments:
Community Police Officer (Northwood/Maplewood Apartments area)
Pro-active Crime Enforcement Team Investigator
Investigator with the Lima-Allen County Narcotics Task Force and West Central Ohio Crime Task Force
Investigator assigned to work with the FBI on the Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force (Human Trafficking)
In addition to his regular assigned duties, he also served as a member of the LPD Tactical (ETU) Team – on which he served for a time as the assistant team commander, LPD Bike Team and LPD Honor Guard. He received various awards throughout his career, including an Outstanding Service Award in 2010, for his work investigating crimes against children. In 2014, he was named the Lima Exchange Club’s Law Officer of the Year and Ohio’s Finest Law Enforcement Officer by the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police.
He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in September of 2012. Upon receiving this promotion, he was first assigned as a supervisor to the evening watch of the Patrol Services Division but was then later assigned as a night watch Patrol Services Division supervisor.
Regardless of his assignment, Sgt. Gillispie always served our community to the best of his abilities. David will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies go out to Sgt. Gillispie’s family and we again ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers in this extremely difficult time.
Sgt. Gilllispie was a highly decorated officer during his career. Earning a reputation in his Department, County, Region and State for his actions of bravery and excellence. The nation has lost yet another hero.