Sgt. Ryan Russell

By: CJ Ramsaran

It seemed as though time stood still today, while Toronto, the City with a big heart, honored one of its very own.

A fallen officer; comrade; husband; father; son; brother; nephew; uncle; friend… Sgt. Ryan Russell proudly wore all these hats and more.

On Wednesday, January 12, 2011, his life was abruptly cut short in the line of duty,  by a senseless act of violence, after being struck by a stolen snow plow near Avenue and Davenport Roads in Toronto.

Sgt. Russell was only 35 years of age.

An impressive funeral procession to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where funeral ceremonies were held, left many in awe and bewilderment.  “How could this have happened, how could a life be taken so senselessly?”

A reported 13,000 police officers, emergency services workers, family members, friends, and civilians came out to attend the services and pay their final respects.

Blue ribbons, were worn over the hearts of the officers of 52 Division, where Sgt. Russell was stationed for the past six months.

In addition, lapel pins bearing Sgt. Ryan Russell’s badge number “7686” were sold at a cost of $10.00 each, with all proceeds going to a special trust fund set up for his son.

Sgt. Ryan Russell is survived by his wife Christine, and two-year-old son Nolan.

Gone, but not forgotten.