First Sergeant Joseph George Portaro

First Sergeant Joseph George Portaro

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, March 14, 2016

Joseph George Portaro

First Sergeant Joseph Portaro suffered a medical emergency while participating in a physical fitness run near the West Virginia State Police Academy, where he served as the Deputy Director of Training.

He was transported to Thomas Memorial Hospital where he passed away.

Sergeant Portaro was a veteran of the West Virginia Army National Guard and had served with the West Virginia State Police for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 50
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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I am both humbled and honored to ride in memory of First Sergeant Portaro in Law Enforcement United’s 2018 “The Road to Hope” tour May 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2018.

In reading the reflections on this page of those who knew and served with the First Sergeant, he was truly one of the finest. His work ethic and dedication to the profession raised the bar for the rest of us.

Those assigned to train new recruits who are described by many as a “Cop’s Cop” encompass all things our profession needs to continue to protect and serve.

Rest easy Sarge, the brotherhood will maintain the watch. You and your family will never be forgotten.

“HONORING THE FALLEN AND REMEMBERING THE SURVIVORS.”

Sgt. David M. Bentz
Exeter Township Police Department
Traffic Safety Unit
4975 DeMoss Road
Reading, PA 19606
[email protected]

Sgt. David M. Bentz
Exeter Township Police Department

May 9, 2018

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