Police Officer Richard L. Fortin

Police Officer Richard L. Fortin

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, June 19, 1987

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Richard L. Fortin

Police Officer Richard Fortin drowned at 3:38 p.m. while attempting to rescue four people from a boat that had capsized in the Detroit River outside Detroit's Renaissance Center.

He was wearing a wetsuit during the rescue but did not have on breathing apparatus. The four people in the capsized boat were rescued by nearby boaters.

Officer Fortin had served with the Detroit Police Department for 23 years and was a member of the department's volunteer diving team. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, and mother.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue

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Officer Fortin, you are remembered by the men and women of New England law enforcement. RIP

Michael Kane
Retired Detective, Boston Police Department

June 19, 2024

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