Retired Cook County Sheriff's Sergeant takes part in 15th NRA National Police Shooting Championships
Albuquerque, New Mexico - It's been fifteens years for Jerry Porch. Fifteen years of making the trip from Chicago to compete in the NRA's National Police Shooting Championships. That's a long way to go for a retired Cook County Sheriff's Department Sergeant.
"I was a supervisor in charge of transporting inmates to the eight different court facilities in Cook County," explained Porch. "We transported more than 1,000 inmates a day to doctor's appointments, courts appearances – anything."
After thirty years of coordinating the daily operation of more than 50 passenger buses, Porch decided it was time to retire. But that doesn't mean he's off the job just because he retired from it. He still stays active in Sheriff Department activities and related events like the National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC).
"This is my fifteenth year coming out to the NRA Championships," said Porch. "But it's only my second on the tactical courses."
Though he enters with relatively little experience in the genre, it appears to have made quite the impression.
"It is a challenge. There are a lot of practical applications. You have good use of your gun handling skills, maybe see how to improve them along with decision making skills. I'd like to see them the Tactical Competitions into NPSC."
How's that for an endorsement? Talk about a fan.
But how does this fan think he will perform on the big stage come Monday?
"I'm not going to do bad for a 62-year old guy who's been retired for seven years."