Deputy Sheriff Roy J. Fortson Jr.

On Wednesday, May 28th the 266th Hero Plaque was dedicated in memory of Deputy Sheriff Roy J. Fortson Jr. who was killed in the line-of-duty on November 13, 1982.

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Hero plaque honors fallen deputy sheriff

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VIVIANA PERNOT / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Roses are left by family members at the new Hero Plaque honoring Deputy Sheriff Roy J. Fortson Jr., killed in the line of duty in 1982.

BY CINDY STANSBURY, Daily News Staff Writer stansbc@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914

Posted: May 30, 2014

“ON NOV. 13, 1982, Deputy Sheriff Roy J. Fortson Jr. was killed while engaging with two gunmen who were attempting to rob the Majestic Bar on the 400 block of North 36th Street. He was the first deputy sheriff in the city to die in the line of duty.”

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