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West Virginia Veteran Trooper Dies During Fitness Training

March 14, 2016  | 

First Sergeant Joseph G. Portaro of the of the West Virginia State Police
First Sergeant Joseph G. Portaro of the of the West Virginia State Police

A state trooper died after experiencing a medical emergency while training in Dunbar this morning, near the grounds of the West Virginia State Police Academy, reports the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

First Sergeant Joseph G. Portaro, 50, experienced the medical emergency while jogging early Monday as part of physical fitness training, said Lt. Michael Baylous, spokesman for the State Police.

He was taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston, where he was pronounced dead.

Portaro was originally from Clarksburg and had worked with the State Police for 17 years. He was deputy director of training at the State Police Academy. He is survived by his wife and children.


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Kevin M Corby @ 3/15/2016 4:35 AM

Very sad, too many officers over a certain age are going this way. I am a retired 30 year UK vet. now living Australia.I was playing soccer until last year when my knees gave up. I am lucky to be married to a Coronary care nurse who keeps an eye on me. Fitness test are good but a visit to your doctor can pick up things that fitness tests can't. My thoughts are with Joe's family and fellow officers at this time.

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