Community pays homage to Grove City soldier

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
On July 15, Boy Scout Troop 412 members (from left to right) Parker Underhill, Andrew O’Bryan, Nathan O’Bryan, Hayden Young and Logan Stanley joined a crowd of hundreds as they lined the streets of Grove City to pay homage to PFC Noah Porter of the 75th Ranger Regiment in the U.S. Army. Though many in the crowd did not know Porter, a 2016 graduate of Grove City High School, they said they wanted to honor his service to this country as well as his life that was cut short as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Tennessee. The tribute was organized by Dorothy Long, the mother of Porter’s best friend Jacob Bates. She said when she shared the time his first call would be taken via police escort to the Schoedinger Norris Funeral Home for final burial preparations, she did not expect so many people to show up. “The response from this community has been beyond anything I could have imagined,” said Long. She said she will fondly remember Porter’s smile, his humor, and his and Jacob’s ability to always get caught sneaking out of the basement door at night as teenagers. Porter was buried on July 17 with Full Military Honors. Donations in his memory can be made to the Lead the Way Fund of the 75th Ranger Regiment at www.leadthewayfund.org.
Jeff Vrabel Sr., a member of Sons of the American Legion, and his children Kenneth (middle) and Phillip (facing away from the camera) salute the hearse carrying Porter’s body as it turns into the funeral home.
Members of the U.S. Army honor Porter as they carry his flag draped casket.
“Scanner,” a member of the Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, and “Barhmaid,” a member of the Chrome Divas Female Motorcycle Organization, were among the massive crowd welcoming Porter home. Scanner said many members of their organizations served in the military and they wanted to come out and pay their respects.
In between moments of grief, Jessica Bernhard and her children Wyatt Moore (left) and Dominic Moore (right) were able to smile as they recalled memories of Porter. Jessica and her sister, Taylor Bernhard, were close friends of his.

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