Sergeant Ryan Russell a "Genuine Canadian Hero" Who
Gave His Life for the Safety of his Fellow Citizens
TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - Ontario's police leaders today join with all police personnel across
Ontario in mourning the tragic death of Sergeant Ryan Russell of the
Toronto Police Service, whose ultimate sacrifice on behalf of his
fellow citizens illustrates the selfless devotion to duty which
characterizes police officers across Ontario and Canada.
"Police leaders know that when we send out our officers to fulfill their
duties, we do so knowing full well that they put their lives on the
line. Sergeant Russell's devotion to duty is evidenced by the tragic
circumstances that led to his putting the safety and well-being of
others before his own," said Chief Robert Herman, President of the
Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP). "His death in the line
of duty touches all police officers and represents the greatest
sacrifice that an officer can make for his or her fellow citizens. He
must be remembered as a genuine Canadian hero"
Chief Herman expressed his condolences to Sergeant Russell's family,
particularly his wife and young child, as well as the men and women who
serve with the Toronto Police Service. Sergeant Russell was
35-years-old and an 11-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service.
"We must not forget the sacrifice of Sergeant Russell; we must honour
him and the men and women across our province who put on a uniform to
serve others," said Herman. "The Rev. Martin Luther King once said
that, 'Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?'
Sergeant Russell answered that question by his willingness to sacrifice
his life for others."
SOURCE Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police
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