After the passing of beloved law enforcement officer Jim Porter, there are multiple fundraisers to raise money for the family he left behind.
James “Jim” H. Porter, Jr. died of natural causes on May 18 at the age of 33. Porter was an officer with Bowdon Police Department as well as a member of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation West Metro Regional Drug Task Force.
Porter is survived by his wife Erin and their three children. A graveside service and interment was held Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, his obituary states that the memorial contributions may be made to the Erin Porter and Family fund at any Synovus Bank branch.
In addition to this fund, a “Boston Butt Sale” is also being held to raise money for the Porter family. The pork cuts are available at $40 each, and pickup is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 30.
The pickup site is at Thompson Farm Barn at 53 Laurel Rd and orders can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A “GoFundMe”page has also been created for the Porter Family and is titled “Fundraiser for the Porter family.”
The page says that the funds will go to Porter’s wife, Erin, who is a elementary school teacher now looking after their three young children and is under the financial burden of hospital bills and funeral expenses.
While Porter worked for Bowdon police and the GBI, he also worked closely with other agencies in the west Georgia area.
“Porter was always willing to help in any way he could, he made us laugh every time he was in the building, he had such a great sense of humor, and his smile and laugh were infectious,” said a statement from the sheriff’s office.
As part of his work for the GBI, he worked large narcotics cases in the west Georgia region, including those investigated by the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit at the Carrollton Police Department and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
“You were our co-worker and brother, nonetheless, and we will miss you immensely,” the police department said in a testimonial post. “Your brothers and sisters in blue will forever remember your laugh, your smile, your wit, and your love for your job.”