Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

First Sergeant Joseph George Portaro

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, March 14, 2016

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Reflections for First Sergeant Joseph George Portaro

Eternal Rest

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

March 14, 2016

Just a flat-out nice guy. He made the academy easier to endure. God grant peace to his family at this time. Thank you for your service, First Sgt.

Patrolman Isaiah Farris
Clarksburg PD

March 14, 2016

Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

NYC Correction officer Edwin Rivera (R

March 14, 2016

My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends. RIP Hero and thank you. NF!


March 14, 2016

Wow a great teacher and a great man. Never forgotten rest in peace brother.

Patrolman Matthew Hatfield
Bluefield PD

March 14, 2016

RIP Brother. Prayers for family, friends and coworkers.

Career Officer (Ret.) Victor Agosto
Chesterfield County Police, Va.

March 14, 2016

RIP 1st Sgt. You will be missed.

MA2 Austin Smith
US Naval Security forces. (Military police)

March 14, 2016

Rest easy Sir, thank you for your service.

Corporal Frank Y.

March 14, 2016

RIP Brother thank you for your service , may the lord watch over your family may he guide you home.

Lieutenant (Ret) Robert Denault
Department of Defense Police

March 14, 2016

I'll never forget the wisdom you imparted to me during my time on "The Hill." Rest easy and fly high, sir. We'll carry on from here.

Sgt T Justice
Winfield PD

March 14, 2016

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 14, 2016

Rest in peace Sergeant Joseph Portaro, you will always remain in our prayers. We saw you working tirelessly to make society a better place but that was no to be. With tearful eyes we sadly saw your loving and selfless heart stop beating. Even though your sudden and untimely early death tearfully breaks our hearts, it proves to us God's desire to take for himself one of his and our very best.

Timothy Dailey, Retired - Juvenile Proba
Allegheny County Juvenile Probation

March 14, 2016

Heroes live forever. Prayers to family and friends.

Team texas

March 14, 2016

Thank you for your service.

Tim Liddell
CA Hwy Patrol (retired) 5342

March 14, 2016

Thank you First Sergeant Portaro for your service and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of West Virginia. You are a true American HERO. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. May you forever, rest in peace, my brother.


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Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

March 14, 2016

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
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Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police Department

March 14, 2016

Rest in peace Sergeant Portaro!
You will not be forgotten!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA!
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

March 14, 2016

RIP 1st Sgt. Portaro. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and your department. GOD SPEED.

Senior Deputy Sheriff Dave Zajac
Walton County Sheriff Office GA

March 14, 2016

Rest, brother.

PFC Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

March 14, 2016

Thank you for protecting the citizens of West Virginia, Sergeant Portaro. You are a true hero, and heroes are never forgotten. My heartfelt condolences go out to your family, friends, and to all the brave men and women of the West Virginia State Police.

Taylor Ramerth
Citizen of Chandler, Arizona and supporter of law enforcement

March 14, 2016

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