ELK GROVE (CBS13) – Firefighters from throughout the region gathered Friday morning in Elk Grove to pay respects to one of their own who died in a drowning accident earlier this month.
A memorial service was held for William Porter, 58, at the First Baptist Church, 8939 East Stockton Blvd.
Porter, an engineer with the Sacramento Fire Department, was reported missing after going on a fishing trip to Camp Far West Reservoir in Yuba County on May 9.
Porter’s body was found in 130 feet of water on Monday after an extensive search by the Yuba County and Placer County sheriff’s departments, along with off-duty firefighters and members of the community. An autopsy confirmed that he drowned, according to Sheriff Steve Durfor.
Porter was a 10-year veteran of the department who worked at Station 6 in Oak Park. He also served on search and rescue teams that helped after Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Gustav in the South in 2008.