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Fortin, Officer Vernon G.

End of Watch: 
Sunday, September 30, 1923
County: 
Whatcom
Agency: 
Washington State Patrol

On Tuesday, September 25, 1923, Trooper Vernon Fortin of the Washington State Patrol was riding his motorcycle to the Lynden Fair (now known as the Northwest Washington Fair) with other troopers for traffic control duty when he was involved in a collision.

The handlebars of his motorcycle became entangled with another trooper’s motorcycle as they road towards Lynden along Hannegan Road.

Trooper Fortin was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries five days later, September 30, 1923, becoming the first trooper to die in the line of duty in the history of the Washington State Patrol.

At the time of his death, Trooper Fortin had served 18 months with the Washington State Patrol.