race was a first for the modest, well-liked triathlete who was named
Firefighter of the Year by Shrewsbury Hose Company, Fair Haven Mayor Ben
Lucarelli told Patch.
And the accident that sent Porter to the Jersey Shore
University Medical Center Trauma Unit has left him in the Intensive
Care Unit with many friends and community members rallying for his
recovery and looking for ways to help him and his family.
the "outpouring of love towards the Porter family … extraordinary," the
administrator of the page announced that the group was set up set up
"to coordinate the efforts to support the Porter family during Cole's
recovery from his accident."
Since the page's inception, it has
been flooded with posts of love and support. There will be updates on
Porter's recovery and condition and information on how to help the
family now and in the future.
According to a post by Tom Vogel
from Monday, "Cole is fighting hard. They are monitoring him on an
hourly basis and he has been stable … He has a tough fight ahead, but
lots of love and positive energy from a great group of friends."
gives a few more details, saying that the next couple of days will be
rough ones as Porter's body reacts to the trauma and more tests are
conducted. He adds that he is not allowed visitors, but the support is
welcome and appreciated.
There is no official word on Porter's
condition at this point. Speculative posts without confirmation are
discouraged. Only family or someone entrusted by family to share that
information will post accordingly, according to posts on the page.
check this Group page for updates on Cole's condition and any requests
for assistance from his family," Vogel's post added. "Soon we will post
information on how you can help with everything from delivering meals to
helping out with the many overwhelming tasks that the family is going
to face over the next few months and beyond."
The group had 615 members as of Tuesday afternoon.