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MONONA (WKOW) --Men and women in orange reflective vests joined those mourning Dane County Highway Worker James Porter outside of Gunderson Funeral Home.

"There's a whole lot of county family in addition to Jim's family and friends that are here tonight," said Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.

Porter is remembered as committed.

"He loved his job, he loved showing up everyday even if it was bad days to plow he was still there," says former co-worker and friend Joel Cockroff.

"He was dedicated and enjoyed going to work everyday," said co-worker and friend Kurt Beutel.

To some Porter was a mentor.

"When I was young I would go to Jim and he would teach us things to look out for," Cockroff says.

Last week Porter was killed while on the job. Hit by a pick up truck on Highway 151.

Friday, in honor of Porter's sacrifice and nearly 20 years of service, a parade of Dane County Highway trucks, patrol and sheriff's vehicles slowly drive by the funeral home.

Porters truck was parked on the funeral homes lot.

Fellow highway workers hope this tragedy sends a message to drivers on Wisconsin roadways.

"While the trucks are big, the men and women who drive them are not," says Falk.

"We're out there fixing the roads so you can drive on it, all we ask is for you to slow down, move over and let us do our job," Beutel says.

Falk says drivers need to be aware of the states move over law, where drivers on highways with two or more lanes are required to move out of the lane, where work, or even emergency responders are present.


MADISON (WKOW) --- Employees from the Dane County Highway Department are planning a memorial Friday for their co-worker who was killed last week while on the job.

Highway workers plan to attend the visitation for James Porter while wearing their safety vests. They will then create a procession of highway trucks to drive past the funeral home located at 5203 Monona Drive.

The visitation is scheduled for 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. 

James Porter worked for the Department for nearly two decades.

On June 4 he was hit by a pickup truck while doing maintenance work on Highway 151 near Sun Prairie.

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