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

To the family and friends of First Sergeant Joseph Portaro

My deepest condolences for your loss. Times like these can be very difficult so pray constantly. May all who are touched from this loss read Revelation 21:3-4. It is comforting to know God will soon remove everything that causes tears of sorrow. Imagine death, pain and suffering being done away with. Only tears of joy when we welcome our loved ones back to a paradise earth. What a joy to experience this promise very soon. I hope you all are able to find comfort and heal very soon.

Cpl. William Stanback (Retired)
Pennsylvania State Police

March 15, 2016

Rest with God First Sgt. Portaro. Your tour here is done. You are home and happy. Your years of dedicated service will not be forgotten. Prayers for your family during this time in their lives.

Retired Police Officer Bob Lester
Midland Texas Police Department

March 15, 2016

I will always be thankful beyond words for the knowledge First Sgt Portaro shared with myself and the 163rd Basic Class. He was a wealth of knowledge and truly cared for each officer that attended the WVSP Academy. Thank you Fisrt..... Rest easy brother, we will take it from here.

Patrolman Jacob Cooper
Charleston Police Department (WV)

March 15, 2016

R.I.P. BROTHER Portaro!!!

Nebraska Police Officer

March 15, 2016

Rest in Peace Sergeant Portaro. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, co-workers, and friends.

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP, Trafic & Escort Unit

March 15, 2016

God bless the family and friends of First Sergeant Joseph Portaro...May you be encouraged by memories of your beloved friend ...

Dr. Harold & Madeline Altman
Survivor of Deputy Harold M. Altman, EOW 1/30/2007

March 15, 2016

F/Sgt. Portaro was an outstanding instructor at the WVSP Academy and showed a lot of young officers what it meant to represent the badge and to be a great person. I was assigned to clean and maintain F/Sgt. Portaro's vehicle during my 16 weeks on The Hill and every time that I reported to him for vehicle duty, he would rather have a good conversation and offer sound advice than have me clean his cruiser. This man had and always will have the utmost respect from me.

Rest easy F/Sgt.

PFC. D.E. Cantis
Morgantown Police Dept. , W.V.

March 15, 2016

GOD be with the Portaro's family during their time of loss. May he comfort them and strengthen them and take away any bad memories they have of their loss. Thank you Sgt. Partoro for your service to your community and may God give you peace and love and be with your family as they struggle through this.

Retired Sergeant Charles Carty
Benton Arkansas Police Dept.

March 15, 2016

Joe was the very first person I had a conversation with when we were testing for the West Virginia State Police. Always extremely friendly, you could never approach him without seeing his smile. A great investigator, extremely intelligent, and always willing to help out. Joe loved what he did, loved his family, and his home. We will all miss you brother. Glad I was able to spend a few moments with you just a couple of weeks ago. Rest in peace.....10-7, 10-42.

Corporal Kenneth Murray
West Virginia State Police

March 15, 2016

RIP Brother

Deputy Zak Rodgers
Boone County Sheriffs Dept

March 15, 2016

You are a good man. Taught me a lot in my short few months on the hill. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Deputy Andrew Hudson
Fayette County Sheriff's Department

March 15, 2016

Thank you First Sergeant Joseph Portaro for your many years of service. May your wife and children find comfort in your life of heroic sacrifice. Rest in Peace


March 15, 2016


Dylan Feeney

March 15, 2016

May the family's fond memories help them through this difficult time.

Terry L. Vice
Patrol Officer (1979-1984)
Greeley PD

March 15, 2016

Joe was a man admired by all that knew him. I remember many nights during my time at the academy when he would pull up a chair in the barracks and share his knowledge and wisdom with us before lights out. Rest easy, sir.

Detective Jonathan Weaver
Charleston PD (WVSP 60th Cadet Class)

March 15, 2016


PPO II Stephen Bruet
North Carolina Department of Public Safety

March 15, 2016

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow co-workers of First Sergeant Joseph Portaro during this very difficult time. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort and support from those around you. May God help heal your aching hearts. Rest in peace, First Sergeant Joseph Portaro.

Gail M. Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/04

March 15, 2016

I am sorry for your loss to the family, fellow officers, and friends. I will keep you all in my family prayers.

Frank J Corasaniti II
Retired Baltimore Fire Officer

March 15, 2016

Rest in peace brother

Detective Miguel Ressurreicao
Newark Police Department NJ

March 15, 2016

Rest in peace, Sergeant Portaro. You deserve your divine reward.

May God comfort your family, friends, and fellow officers at this difficult time.

God bless and protect the Thin Blue Line that protects us all.

Private Citizen Kathryn Felts
Mother of & Family Member of Law Enforcement

March 15, 2016

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died, but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the West Virginia State Police. Rest in Peace Brother.


March 15, 2016

Thanks for your service Top! May you rest in peace.

CPT Ahmed Danso-Faried
10th Mountain Division

March 15, 2016

Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice! Our thoughts, prayers, and hearts go out to your family and friends. May God comfort and strengthen them all!

Darlene Newton
Friend of the Story County Sheriff's Office

March 15, 2016

Thank you for your service. My deepest sympathies to the family, friends & fellow Officers. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around all of you to bring comfort in these difficult days. All Lives Matter

Ms Gail Vollmer

March 15, 2016

Sarge, may your legacy of training the lawman of West Virginia be remembered and carried on, you will be missed by many.

Corporal Chris Atha
Kanawha county sheriffs office

March 15, 2016

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