Police Officer Richard L. Fortin

Police Officer Richard L. Fortin

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, June 19, 1987

Add to My Heroes

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

Most Recent Reflection

View all 10 Reflections

RIP sir. Your courage is not forgotten. God bless you and your family. Watch over us

Future Detroit PO Ali .
Dearborn, MI

August 17, 2015

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.