WAFB photographer reflects on Central Marine who trained with his son

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Rick Portier is a longtime 9News photographer and storyteller. His son, Cpl. Brock Portier, became friends with Lance Cpl. Taylor Conrad while they were both U.S. Marine recruits in the Baton Rouge area.

They went through U.S. Marine Corps boot camp and infantry training together. Conrad, of Central, was one of four Marines who died Tuesday in a helicopter crash near El Centro, California.

Brock and Taylor stayed in touch even though their military careers went their separate ways.

The following is a piece Rick Portier wrote a for his personal blog in honor of Taylor Conrad:

I wish I could say I knew him better. He's a big reason my son is the Marine he is today.

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