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

Officer Richard Fortin, a police diver, 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, officials said. The four people in the capsized boat were rescued by nearby boaters.

Officer Fortin had been with the agency 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

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Rest in peace Officer Fortin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 18, 2019

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