Editor's note: The helicopter that killed 4 after it crashed in Kern County, Calif., was a SkyLife air ambulance heading from Porterville Municipal Airport to San Joaquin Community Hospital. American Ambulance General Manager Todd Valeri said aboard were a pilot, nurse, paramedic and a patient, . We will bring you more details on this story as it develops. - Ariana
Porterville is a city in the San Joaquin Valley, in Tulare County, California, United States. It is part of the Visalia-Porterville metropolitan statistical area.
Since its incorporation in 1902, the city's population has grown dramatically as it annexed nearby unincorporated areas. The city's July 2014 population (not including East Porterville) was estimated at 55,466.
Porterville serves as a gateway to a vast mountain wonderland and recreational area of the Sequoia National Forest, the Giant Sequoia National Monument and Kings Canyon National Parks.