Lance Porco’s last call

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At 11:51 AM on June 20, 2007, the last and final call for Lieutenant Lance E. Porco was announced by dispatch as the Lodi Fire Department honorably saluted his firehouse. Staying with Lodi Fire Department tradition, the bay doors were raised and lowered as the member’s apparatus was backed up on the apron.

Lance’s last call is as follows:

“Lodi communications to the Fire Department – transmitting the final alarm for our departed brother, Lieutenant Lance E. Porco of Hose Company 1, who proudly and unselfishly served the Borough of Lodi for the past 15 years. Your everlasting memory, and legacy will live on forever, for many decades to come, Brother. May you rest in peace, and your memory is still, and always will be in our hearts.”

Lieutenant Lance Porco was a member of the Lodi Fire Department for 15 years, joining Hose Company 1 in April of 1992. Lance was also a member of the NJ State Firemen’s Association, secretary of the Lodi Firemen’s Relief Association for the past 4 years and was an alternate for the NJ State Firemen’s Convention.

He proudly served as Captain, Lieutenant, President, Vice President and Secretary of Hose Company 1. He was a Level II Fire Instructor with the NJ Division of Fire Safety and an adjunct professor with the Sussex County Community College, teaching Basic Fire Science this past semester. Lance served as a Lodi Fire Department Training Officer since 2006.

Lance was well decorated and played an instrumental part in the development and organization of the newly formed Lodi Fire Department Junior Firefighter Association.

Lance was a Go-Getter. If he had an idea, he used any available resource to turn it into a reality. No matter what the idea was, how hard it would be to accomplish, or how long it would take, he dedicated whatever time and resources he had and consistently improvised, adapted, and overcame.

He will be deeply missed. Our hearts and prayers are with his wife Maggie, son Jake, and his Mother, Father and Brother.

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