Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Wayne H. Fortier

Grafton County Sheriff's Department, New Hampshire

End of Watch Wednesday, December 8, 2021

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Reflections for Detective Wayne H. Fortier

Deputy Fortier, it has been 2 years since you were taken from us. New Hampshire law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

December 8, 2023

Rest in peace Detective Fortier.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 23, 2023

Detective Fortier,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain

Pittsburgh PD

April 3, 2022

Rest In Peace Detective Wayne H. Fortier. May God watch over you, your family, friends and coworkers. God's Speed Sir!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

February 21, 2022

RIP Detective Fortier. Thank you for your service to the Country, the state of New Hampshire and the citizens of Grafton County, Haverhill and Plymouth

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

February 16, 2022

Most merciful God, You hold each of us dear to Your heart. Hold all our nation’s law enforcement officers and their families, who are afflicted or affected by the COVID-19 Virus, in Your loving arms and tenderly draw them into Your life, together with all others who are living with the COVID-19 Virus. Assure them that they are not alone, and give them courage and faith for all that is to come. Strengthen those who care for them and treat them, and guide those who do research. Forgive those who have judged harshly, and enlighten those who live in prejudice or fear. Nourish those who have lost sight of You, and heal the spirits of those who are broken. We pray this in the mighty and holy name of Jesus Christ, who suffered and died, and then rose from the dead to lead us into new life, now and forever. In Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons (children) of God.” [Matthew 5:9]

Chaplain Steven Robert Closs, DDiv, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained / Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Services
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

February 14, 2022

Detective Wayne Fortier is arguably one of the best investigators the State of New Hampshire has ever known. In over 47 years of service he served as a Police Officer, Police Chief (Haverhill NH P.D.), New Hampshire State Trooper, K-9 Trooper, Detective, Detective Cpl., Detective Sgt., Professional Standards Lt., Troop Station Commander(Trooper C & F) and Lt. in charge of Major Crimes during his service to the State Police. He later served as a Lieutenant at the Plymouth Police Department handling all District/Circuit Court Prosecutions before joining the Grafton County Sheriff's Department as a Detective/Investigator for both the Sheriff's Office and County Attorney's Office.

During all this time Detective Fortier was commended on multiple occasions for his competency & character. He is a recipient of the New Hampshire State Police Medal of Valor and most recently was awarded with the New Hampshire Congressional Award for Career Service.

Most importantly Wayne Fortier was a Former Marine and Family Man. After serving in Vietnam for over twenty months he returned home and married the love of his life. Sandra and Wayne have five daughters and eight grandchildren. Locally Wayne served his hometown of Haverhill New Hampshire on the School Board and Selectboard as well as many other local committees that meant so much to him. His faith and love for life and family are a testament to this great man who truly put his family and service before himself.

Although we will always miss our good friend and mentor, we are so fortunate to have had him in our lives over the years.

Jeff Stiegler
Grafton County Sheriff's Department

February 14, 2022

On behalf of POINT 27, we would like to offer condolences for Detective Wayne H. Fortier. Please know we are eternally grateful for Wayne’s service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Detective Fortier, POINT 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to the Grafton County Sheriff's Department in North Haverhill, New Hampshire for Wayne’s partner and fellow deputies. POINT 27 sent a Folded Flag Necklace engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Detective Wayne H. Fortier’s wife.

Also sent to the Fortier Family from Shields of Strength was a United States Marines Dog Tag to honor Wayne’s dedication to the United States Marines.

POINT 27 is a Non-Profit organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.


Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired
Executive Director-POINT 27

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes #R309
Dallas Police Department-Reserve Division
POINT 27 National Outreach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison
[email protected]

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department Reserve Division
POINT 27- National Out Reach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison

February 12, 2022

Rest in eternal Peace, good and faithful public servant.
God has already reserved a special place for our peacemakers.
Please continue your careful and diligent watch over us.
When Law Enforcement perishes, a proud and caring nation mourns.
Thank you for your heroic sacrifice!
Thank you for your selfless service!
Thank you for your guardian protection!

Our prayers to the family and department.

Charles F. Holloway, Jr.
Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
Elizabethtown Police Department

February 12, 2022

Detective Fortier, for many years, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. It took a small virus to take your life. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

February 12, 2022

Detective Fortier, thank you for your many years of dedicated service to the people of New Hampshire and for your service to our country. Your service and sacrifice are honored here.

God Bless you, Brother and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

February 11, 2022

Rest in Peace Detective Fortier. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, coworkers and friends.

Lieutenant Robert T. Mote (ret)
Buena Park, CA Police Department

February 11, 2022

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Detective Wayne H. Fortier and the extended law enforcement family of the Grafton County Sheriff's Department, New Hampshire.

End of Watch Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

February 11, 2022

Hero never forgotten. Prayers to family blood and blue.

Retired Texas dispatcher

February 11, 2022

Psalm 15
God bless.
Rest in peace brother.

Correctional Officer Paul Schanno
Hennepin County (Minneapolis)- Adult Corrections Facility

February 11, 2022

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow coworkers of Detective Wayne H. Fortier during this difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May happy moments from the past bring forth precious memories to cherish for a lifetime. May God help heal their aching hearts. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace Detective Wayne H. Fortier.

Gail. M. Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/04

February 10, 2022

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Grafton County Sheriff's Department. Our State and country are a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

February 10, 2022

"Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will have life even if they die." [John 11:25]

Minister Steven Robert Closs, DDiv, MSBS
Christian Global Outreach Minister, Merrimack NH

February 10, 2022

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

February 10, 2022

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Detective, Wayne H. Fortier,from complications of the COVID-19 Virus. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Detective succumbs from this deadly virus. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. Our Prayers and Thoughts to the Haverhill, Plymouth Police Departments and to the New Hampshire State Police where Detective Fortier had previously served. We thank Detective Fortier for his service as a United States Marine Corps Veteran.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

February 10, 2022

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)

February 10, 2022

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

February 10, 2022

Rest in Peace Detective Fortier. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Fortier Family and the Grafton County Sheriff's Department.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office New Jersey

February 10, 2022

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