Funeral for Sgt Ryan Russell

by Jeremy Gilbert January. 18, 2011 1981 views

Last week, Toronto Police Sgt Ryan Russell was attempting to stop a man who had, barefoot, climbed into a snowplow which had briefly been left unattended. The man drove across Toronto and when Sgt Russell attempted to talk him out of the vehicle, the man is accused of deliberately ramming him with the plow.

His funeral was Tuesday and something like 15,000 police came out for the procession and ceremony. These are some photos I took.

Thousands of police march down Toronto's University Avenue…

Toronto mounted police led the procession

Police lined the route to pay their respects

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair (centre) waiting the arrival of the hearse

Saluting the soon-to-arrive hearse

The traditional bagpipes

Sgt Ryan Russell's hearse

Sgt Ryan Russell's hearse turns down Simcoe Street

The hearse

The funeral procession, lined by saluting police, makes its way down Simcoe Street

Police prepare to march to the site of the funeral, at the convention centre

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Gregg Maretka 10 years, 3 months ago

Great shots...i also like #3 the best !!!

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Lismel 10 years, 3 months ago

I like the third the most. It would have been even better if you had closed the frame on the top, so there would be only policemen in your photo. But I like it as it is !

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Jeremy Gilbert 10 years, 3 months ago

There seems to be several reasons why there was such a big out-pouring for this fallen officer. One, there has not been a Toronto officer killed in 9 years so, second, there was a lot of controversy over police tactics at the recent G20 and this may have been a show of solidarity in part to the force from the police, their brethren and the public, and three the officer left a young child and was perceived to be a model officer.

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Fernando 10 years, 3 months ago

Lo siento.
Ya me gustaría que en España la gente reaccionara de la misma manera en situaciones parecidas.

10 years, 3 months ago Edited