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Blog entry by BigTiny posted 01-19-2011 01:24 AM 1554 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Earlier today, Sgt. Ryan Russell of the Metropolitab Toronto Police Service was laid to rest.
14,000 brothers in blue from all over North America escorted him to his final rest after his young life was ended in the line of duty attempting to stop a stolen snow plow that was running amok.
He is survived by a wife and a 2 year old son.

Sgt. Russell’s service to his city did not end with his death. He carried a signed organ donor card, and his eyes are now aiding a young child to see the city he died to protect.

I never knew Ryan, as my time on Toronto’s force was before he was born, but I had the pleasure of knowing many other dedicated members like him.

He will be missed.

Paul Elshoff
Shield # 5022 (ret)

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 01:29 AM

I saw this story too, Paul and my heart goes out to his family. My own son is a police officer in the city of Joliet, which is just south of Chicago. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t worry about him. Most of us can’t even imagine what law enforcement sees or goes through on a daily basis. I know I can’t. I know however, that I feel proud knowing that he dedicates his life to helping others, as Sgt. Russell did. Thank you for making this acknowledgment of his service.

Sheila

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 01:32 AM

It is nice to hear these tributes we would know nothing about. Thanks for bringing his service to our attention, and I wish the power of healing for his loved ones.

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 01:35 AM

Police procession departs for Sgt. Russell’s funeral

18/01/2011 11:19:44 AM

ctvtoronto.ca
Police officers from across Canada are marching in a procession through the streets of Toronto toward a downtown convention centre where a fallen police sergeant will be remembered.

Thousands of officers and emergency service workers from across Canada flooded downtown Toronto on Tuesday ahead of a massive public funeral for Sgt. Ryan Russell, the officer killed in the line of duty last week.

Busloads of mourners from across Canada and the United States began arriving at Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre early Tuesday morning, while hundreds more gathered near Toronto’s downtown 52 Division to march toward the afternoon service.

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair is leading the procession of as many as 8,000 officers, which stepped off at 11 a.m. It is believed to be one of the largest police funeral processions in Canadian history.

The procession is winding its way through the city’s downtown, first south on University Avenue to Wellington Street, and then head westward to Simcoe Street. The procession will continue onto Bremner Boulevard toward the Convention Centre.

Officers wearing uniforms from dozens of Canadian forces have lined both sides of the street, saluting as the procession weaves its way past.

Firefighters have erected an enormous Canadian flag at the corner of Front and Simcoe Streets. Other flags along the procession route are flying at half staff.

A motorcade led by Toronto police cruisers will deliver Russell’s casket from a funeral home in Thornhill, Ont.

Police have made preparations to accommodate up to 10,000 people, including officers and the general public, for the 1 p.m. service in the convention centre’s southern building.

Details about the service were released by Toronto police on Monday. Speakers scheduled for the funeral include Toronto Police Chief William Blair, Ontario Lt.-Gov. David Onley and Ontario MP Julian Fantino, a former Ontario Provincial Police chief.

Christine Russell will make her first public comments about her husband’s death at the funeral.

CTV News Channel, CTV Toronto and CP24 will have live coverage of the funeral starting at 12 p.m. EST. The service will also stream live CTV.ca.
Mike McCormack, the president of the Toronto Police Association, said officers from across the United States and Canada have come out to honour their fallen brother.

A book of condolences posted at Toronto police headquarters this week quickly filled with the names of visitors from across Toronto and North America.

“One thing the police community does extremely well is be there to support one another in times of grief and times of tragedy,” McCormack told CTV’s Canada AM on Tuesday.

“I don’t think there is any group of people on the face of the earth that do a better job than police officers. Once we do what we can for the family, then it will be our time to grieve.”

Russell, 35, was struck and killed by a stolen snowplow early on Wednesday morning, leaving behind his wife Christine and two-year-old son Nolan.

The 11-year veteran Russell, whose father was also a Toronto police officer, was promoted to sergeant in August 2010 after spending about four years with the guns and gangs task force.

“My police family has a very heavy heart today. And we will grieve later; there will be time for us to do our process. But right now we want to get the family through this,” McCormack said.

McCormack said he knew Russell as a professional and dedicated officer. But he has learned much more about him from stories that have been told at memorials and visitations over the past week.

“He was what people of Toronto would want to see in a police officer, that professionalism and passion. And truly he will be missed by the whole city,” he said.

Members of the public began lining up outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre as early as 8 a.m. Tuesday, intent on showing their respect for the fallen sergeant.

Ardith Quanbury, the first person in line Tuesday morning, broke into tears as she explained why she went.

“I am extremely grateful to all of the police who keep our great city safe,” Quanbury told CP24. “I am deeply saddened, like we all are, that Sgt. Ryan Russell gave his life for our city. I just wanted to express my gratitude and my respect to his family.”

Toronto Police Transit Services has been warning drivers to avoid the downtown area near the convention centre whenever possible during the service. The disruptions will last until 6 p.m.

Public transit will also experience delays through the downtown core.

On Tuesday, several roads in Toronto’s core will be affected by the funeral:

At 9 a.m., University Avenue will be closed between College and Queen Streets.
At 10 a.m. University Avenue will be shut from Front Street to College Street.
Between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., several blocks of Lower Simcoe Street and Bremner Boulevard will be closed
Traffic will also be affected in the area of the Direct Energy Centre at the CNE grounds from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 01:39 AM

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#5 posted 01-19-2011 01:58 AM

The final tally of those attending ran over 14,000. There were so many officers there that the service was over an hour late starting so everyone could get into the convention center, which reached close to its maximum capacity.

The lady who was first in line was there by 7:00 A.M. One elderly lady walked over a mile and a half with a walker to be there to show her support for the family.

This was the largest show of support for a fallen officer in Canadian history, and ranks as one of the largest in the world for a fallen police officer.

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#6 posted 01-19-2011 02:18 AM

this is the first ive heard of this but a quick google search shows it was a pretty big deal, im curious why his death was more of an event then the other police officers killed in the line of duty each year? im not trying to take anything away from this event, it was a tragic loss for his family and friends, im just trying to understand, does anyone know?

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 02:40 AM

I’m sorry to hear this news. My blessings goes out to his family and to all who serve. It looks like they payed a very nice tribute to him. Well deserved.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#8 posted 01-19-2011 02:44 AM

The Sargent was the first Metro Toronto officer to die in the line of duty since 2002.

Police deaths in Canada, while not uncommon, are rarer than in many other countries. This one probably sparked intrest from a broader “audience” due to the form of death, crushed by a stolen snowplough.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 03:46 AM

God bless those who serve and protect!

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#10 posted 01-19-2011 05:29 AM

Sad news indeed. Hope they got the guy who stole the plow…

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#11 posted 01-19-2011 08:06 AM

Sorry to here about what happened .

My prayers go out to his family .

-- Mike

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#12 posted 01-19-2011 10:02 AM

I watched it today for a couple of hours as it’s only a few miles from where I now live. What a beautiful Tribute to one of Canada’s Finest!

My Heart and Best Thoughts go out to his Family. May He Rest In Peace.

By the way Paul. As you are retired for a while now. Do any of the following “Finest” Ring A Bell with You? My Father in Law, Detective William “Bill” Brown and his best Friend, Detective John “Fiesty” (with affection) Holmes, as well as my Uncle, Detective Fred Stratten who also sang Base in what I believe to be one of the Finest Choirs I have ever heard “The Metropolitan Toronto Police Choir”.

All Three have since Passed but never Forgotten.

Thank You VERY Much for Posting this Topic Paul.

GMman: Excellent Write Up. Thank You Also.

Best Regards: Rick Stratten

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#13 posted 01-19-2011 02:01 PM

Ronpeters.. Yes they have the plough driver, a homeless guy who stole the pickup with blade on and now faces
a charge of first degree murder and a couple of attempted murder.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#14 posted 01-19-2011 05:24 PM

Christine Russell, wife of fallen officer Ryan Russell, speaks at his funeral at the Metro Convention Centre in downtown Toronto, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

Slain officer put others first, recalls widow

18/01/2011 7:49:18 PM

CTV.ca News Staff
The wife of slain Toronto police officer Sgt. Ryan Russell told thousands of mourners that her husband died while on duty last week because he was a selfless man devoted to his job.

“Ryan always put others before himself. On January 12, that cost him his life,” said wife Christine Russell, making her first public comments about her loss during a massive public funeral Tuesday afternoon.

“I am so honoured to stand here right now. Because of all of you I am brave enough to stand here.”

A sea of police officers from across the country gathered in a downtown Toronto convention centre to honour Sgt. Russell, a family man who died on the job a week ago.

A massive crowd of officers wearing formal blues, Mounties wearing formal reds, emergency crews, firefighters and members of the public filled a hall in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to capacity.

Russell, 35, was struck and killed while trying to stop a stolen snowplow early on Wednesday morning.

A special trust fund has been set up to help Sgt. Russell’s widow and their young son. Anybody wishing to donate can do so at any CIBC branch, transit No. 04392 and account No. 00 18139. The bank number is 010.
The 11-year veteran, whose father was also a Toronto police officer, was promoted to sergeant only six months ago after spending about four years with the guns and gangs task force.

“Ryan, we are all so proud of you. You are an amazing husband. You’re the best dad. You’re an amazing son, brother, uncle. You’re a grandson, a wonderful friend, an amazing colleague,” said Christine Russell.

“We are so honoured to have been a part of your life, Ryan. You are an inspiration. You are our hero.”

Along with his wife, he leaves behind his two-year-old son Nolan.

Following the final speech, pallbearers carried the officer’s flag-draped casket out of the venue to “Amazing Grace,” which was played on bagpipes.

The public funeral follows a week of tributes and memorials to Russell, who has been remembered as a dedicated serviceman and loving father and husband.

In an emotional speech, Toronto police Chief Bill Blair told the crowd that Russell “was determined to make a difference in his community.”

“He had the courage to place himself in harm’s way to protect others. He was a good man and he was a good cop. He will be remembered and he will be missed.”

A procession of bag pipes ushered Russell’s casket into the otherwise silent hall shortly after 2 p.m. Thousands stood as the casket, draped in a Canadian flag, was carried to the front by eight uniformed pallbearers.

Ontario MP and former Toronto police chief Julian Fantino said that he handed Russell his badge 11 years ago when he entered the force, and he added that the officer will be remembered as a “modern-day hero.”

Fantino said that Russell was a devoted husband and a diligent police officer who practiced “duty above self” during his career.

“Ryan’s life had no contradictions: he was equally predisposed to do good both on and off duty,” Fantino told the crowd.

After the national anthem was sung near the beginning of the service, Toronto Police Service Staff Supt. Jeff McGuire led the hall in a moment of silence before addressing the crowd.

McGuire said he met Russell only one day before his death, when the 52 Division sergeant helped negotiate the end to a police standoff on a downtown street.

“My impression of Ryan was exactly what we have all heard about since his death. He was happy, he smiled, he looked good in uniform and he was in charge of his people,” said a visibly emotional McGuire.

The elaborate public funeral drew a crowd of more than 12,000 from across Canada and North America. Officers were seen wearing uniforms from forces across southern Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia and the State of New York, to name only a few.

A “truly remarkable person”

Ontario Lt.-Gov. David Onley called Russell a “truly remarkable person” by any measure, saying he was moved by the enormous outpouring of emotion the sergeant’s death had created.

“We have been affected because, in life and death, Ryan represented the virtues we admire most as a city, as a province and as a nation. The virtues are courage and character. Our outpouring of respect for it is a large part of who he was as a person and who we are as a people.”

Members of the public began lining up outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre as early as 8 a.m. Tuesday, intent on showing their respect for the fallen sergeant.

Ardith Quanbury was the first person in line Tuesday morning, and broke into tears as she tried to explain why she came so early.

“I am extremely grateful to all of the police who keep our great city safe,” Quanbury said. “I am deeply saddened, like we all are, that Sgt. Ryan Russell gave his life for our city. I just wanted to express my gratitude and my respect to his family.”

Busloads of mourners from across Canada and the United States began arriving at the funeral venue early Tuesday morning, while thousands of officers walked in unison from Russell’s downtown 52 Division headquarters to the convention centre ahead of the service.

Russell’s colleagues at 52 Division and those he had worked with for years at Toronto’s Guns and Gangs Unit led the 12,000-strong procession of officers, paramedics, firefighters and members of the Canadian Forces.

Officers wearing uniforms from dozens of Canadian forces lined both sides of University Avenue as the procession weaved its way toward the convention centre. Many officers wore pins emblazoned with Russell’s badge number 7686.

Officers saluted a hearse containing Russell’s body as it arrived at the hall after travelling through the sombre downtown streets and crowds that had gathered in silence.

Toronto Police Transit Services warned drivers to avoid the downtown area near the convention centre whenever possible during the service. The disruptions will last until 6 p.m.

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