Officer Fortye joined the Las Vegas Police Department on October 10, 1961, and served the department for five years and 18 days.
While working K-9 with his dog, Burgie, on October 28, 1966, Fortye made a routine stop on a northbound vehicle on Highland Drive. The assailant pulled Officer Fortye’s revolver from his holster and shot him three times. His partner, Burgie, attacked the assailant, ripped his clothing and mauled his hand. The assailant was captured a short time later. Burgie was found sitting next to Patrolman Fortye when backup officers arrived.
Officer Fortye was 32 years old when he died, and was survived by his wife and 6-year-old daughter.