ASHLAND (WRIC) -
The Peace Corps has confirmed the death of an Ashland man who volunteered with the organization.
Peace Corps volunteer Porter Knight, 28, passed away in his host country of Paraguay on Tuesday, March 25. Local authorities have no cause of death at this time, however, they say no foul play is suspected.
Porter, of Ashland, Va., worked as an environment conservation project volunteer in the rural community of "3 de Noviembre," in the department of Guaira, where he helped create environmental awareness in their country and inspired local teachers, students, subsistence farmers and neighbors to address local environmental issues.
Porter led numerous conservation and sustainability projects that promoted renewable fuels, gardening and composting, as well as tactics for improved crop production.
"Porter's lifelong commitment to protecting our precious natural resources made him an extraordinary Peace Corps volunteer," Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said in a statement. "He was generous and open in sharing his expertise with friends and colleagues in his community of service. This is an enormous loss for the entire Peace Corps family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Knight family during this difficult time."