Model of thoughtfulness

Peter Porco remember by friends and family

— Bethlehem Police have not confirmed that the weapon used was an ax or the time of death of Peter Porco.

"There's a lot of information out there; some accurate, some not," Heffernan said. "We're very limited with the amount of information that can be released at this time."

News media trucks had been camped out at the Bethlehem police station for much of the week, though their presence was diminished early this week. The news media also was present at Peter Porco's funeral Saturday, though cameras were not allowed inside.

Noone asked for everyone to pray for Joan Porco, whose condition, he said, was much worse than reports had implied.

Cardona said it was nearly impossible to talk of Peter Porco without thinking of Joan Porco, or vice versa.

"Sweet, beautiful Joan who never hurt anybody," said Cardona, described as Peter Porco's "beloved P.J.," with tears in his voice.

Cardona spoke of Peter Porco's tendency to diet and to bring Cardona along for the diets, most of them unsuccessful. He talked of diet root beers and cottage cheese packages and fruit that often turned into an afternoon snack for Cardona after Peter Porco would go pick up a couple of sandwiches from Emma's. Judge Joseph Cannizzaro, who Peter Porco worked for as a law guardian in the Third Department, representing children making their way through the Albany County Family Court, remembered Peter Porco's love for all things gadget-like and a dieting with Jesus program he undertook.

"We laughed with him. Sometimes, we laughed at him," Cardona said. "He helped so many people and all he wanted in turn was for good things to happen to people."

Though Joan Porco couldn't attend Peter Porco's funeral, her love for Peter Porco made its presence known through a reading of something she wrote as an example for a task she assigned her students.

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