Police Officer Darryl Wayne Fortner

Police Officer Darryl Wayne Fortner

Vestavia Hills Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, April 6, 2022

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Darryl Wayne Fortner

Police Officer Darryl Fortner died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Fortner had served with the Vestavia Hills Police Department for over seven years and previously served 20 years with the Birmingham Police Department. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, three grandchildren, mother, and sister.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 27 years, 5 months
  • Badge 815

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, February 7, 2022

communicable disease, COVID-19

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My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Police Officer Darryl Fortner. I am so very sorry for your loss. The service and sacrifice of Officer Fortner will not be forgotten.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

June 24, 2022

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