Ryan graduating from the Charles O.Bick College

Ryan graduating from the Charles O.Bick College

Ryan Russell was born in 1975, son to a Metropolitan Toronto Police Officer.  He was raised in the City of Scarborough.  After graduating from college, Ryan decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a member of the Toronto Police Service as a Police Officer.

He began his career at 54 Division.  Due to his policing excellence, he was later transferred to the Integrated Gun & Gang Task Force where he continued to excel. In 2011, he was promoted to Sergeant and was transferred to 52 Division for his first posting as a supervisor.
On January 12, 2011, Sergeant Ryan Russell #7686, was tragically killed in the line of duty. He left behind his wife Christine and his two year old son Nolan.
Nolan receives the Police Exemplary Service Medal

Nolan receives the Police Exemplary Service Medal

A great admirer of pipes and drums, many of Ryan’s closest friends were pipers with the historic Toronto Police Pipe Band.  This included Ryan’s best man at his wedding, who still is a piper in the band.  It is only fitting then, that a memorial pipe band be named in his honour, that will encourage and teach the youth of tomorrow this wonderful art.