A Sacramento firefighter missing in a Yuba County lake has been identified as a 10-year veteran of the department.
William Porter went fishing at Camp Far West Reservoir Wednesday night, and never returned home. Yuba and Placer Counties Sheriffs’ departments did a land and water search Thursday.
Porter’s boat was found capsized. Search crews returned to the lake Friday morning.
Porter joined the Sacramento Fire Department in February 2002, and he was promoted to Engineer in 2009. He was assigned to a Fire Station in Oak Park.
Deputy Fire Chief Lloyd Ogan said Porter didn't show up for work on Thursday which was unusual because he enjoyed his job so much.
"He was a top notch employee, very very dedicated to his job. He always wanted to be a firefighter and he was excellent at his job," said Ogan.
He served on the Department of Homeland Security-FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team CA-Task Force 7 as a logistics Manager and Transportation Specialist. In 2008, Porter was deployed to respond to Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Gustav.
His disappearnce is even more puzzling because Porter was an excellent swimmer who excelled at swift water rescue training. A life vest was found attached to his capsized fishing kayak.
"He was at home in the water, he was at home on land, he was at home doing anything physical and outdoors," said Ogan.
Searchers had trouble tracing the path the kyak drifted since Wednesday when Porter was last seen.
"We're having to go back two full days to try and figure where teh wind and how the wind was blowing, trying to figure out the time of the acutal incident and when he may have gone into the water,' said Lt. Damon Gil of the Yuba County Sheriff's Department.
Search teams are in the body recovery mode rather than rescue mode. Fellow fighters congregated at the resovoir to monitor the search.
"We would always want to hold out hope," said Ogan.
Ogan said they are concentrating on providing support for Porter's family.