LVMPD Remembers...

fortye_.jpgPatrolman William R. Fortye

End of Watch:  Friday, October 28, 1966

William Robert Fortye joined the Las Vegas Police Department on October 10, 1961.

At 2:20 a.m., on October 28, 1966, Officer Fortye radioed that he was stopping a northbound car on Highland Drive. There was nothing to indicate that it was anything but a routine stop. Ten minutes later, he was dead.  The first officers to arrive found Officer Fortye lying alongside his patrol car, his dog standing faithfully by his side. His assailant, in a savage struggle with the officer, had pulled Bill's gun from it's holster and fired three times.  Before the killer fled, however, Fortye's police dog "Burgie" attacked the suspect, ripping the man's clothing and mauling his hand.  The killer was captured a short time later.

Officer Bill Fortye, a five year veteran, died at the age of 32.  He was survived by his wife and six year old daughter.