January 3 2020

NY State Police Investigator From Burlington Passes Due to 9/11 Response Related Illness

By: Rich Hosford

A New York State Police Investigator from Burlington and a alumni of Burlington High School has passed due to complications related to his heroic work in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in New York City. 

New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said in a statement that he is saddened to announce the passing of Investigator Ryan D. Fortini.

Investigator Fortini, 42, died on January 1, 2020, from cancer stemming from his assignment to the World Trade Center site, following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the state police said. 

“Following the events of 9/11, Investigator Fortini was assigned to aid with the search and recovery efforts in New York City, as part of the New York State Police Detail,” the statement reads. 

Investigator Fortini entered into retirement from the New York State Police after 16 years of service on July 15, 2015, because of his worsening illness.

During his more than 15 years of service, Investigator Fortini was assigned to Troop K and then, Community Narcotics Enforcement Team in the Hudson Valley.

Investigator Fortini is survived by his fiancee, parents, brother and sister.

Read his obituary from Sullivan Funeral Home here.


Photo coutesy of the New York State Police


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