Forever watching over the Owego community

By Jillian Marshall

June 19, 2013 Updated Jun 20, 2013 at 12:51 AM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The name of a fallen firefighter killed on duty earlier this year will now grace the walls of his alma mater.

Matthew Porcari, 34 of Owego, died Jan. 21 while fighting a house fire in Newark Valley.

On Wednesday, the 1997 Owego Free Academy graduate was honored at the 8th annual Owego-Apalachin Wall of Fame ceremony and dinner.

Porcari was one of two inductees this year. George Truesdail, class of 1961, was also honored.

Porcari, the Owego Volunteer Fire Captain, was picked this year because of his volunteerism, being a role model to students and his ultimate sacrifice.

"One of the people that wrote in a recommendation said, 'What more can you do besides give your life by volunteering to help other people?'" said Associate Superintendent Bernard Dolan.

Porcari started giving back to the community by volunteering with the Owego Fire Department while he was still attending OFA.

Porcari's uncle and Owego Lt. Lee Dunham says he's happy his nephew's name will forever be remembered at OFA.

"My nephew gave his life to protect and serve our community, so have him put on the Wall of Fame at the high school means the world to me," Dunham said.

Porcari's picture will hang in the lobby of OFA.

Currently, there is no picture in the frame. Dolan says the family is in the process of finding the perfect one to hang up.

Dunham says Porcari's children will be in the high school next year, and that it will mean lot to see their father's picture everyday.