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.
A great admirer of pipes and drums, Ryan had many close friends in the 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.