"He was the kindest, sweetest, most giving man," his sister said. "He always worried about what other people were going through."
In his spare time, Poland gardened, raised chickens and tinkered in his shop, she said.
The standoff between police and the gunman accused of holding the 5-year-old hostage in an underground bunker dragged into a fourth day Friday, as authorities continued delicate conversations with the man.
The bunker is on the gunman's property in rural Alabama near the town of Pinckard, police said. There were signs the standoff could go on for some time: the shelter has electricity, food and TV. Police have delivered the boy's medication through a 4-inch-wide ventilation pipe leading to the bunker.