On January 1, 2020, Investigator Ryan D. Fortini died from cancer stemming from his assignment to the World Trade Center site, following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
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.
Investigator Fortini entered into retirement from the New York State Police on July 15, 2015, because of his worsening illness.
Investigator Fortini joined the State Police on November 2, 1998, and was assigned to Troop K and the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team in the Hudson Valley.
Investigator Fortini is survived by his fiancé, parents, brother, and sister.