Councillor Josh Matlow

Heavy hearts at City Hall: Officials react to officer’s death

TORONTO, Ont. – Mayor Rob Ford has extended his condolences to Sergeant Ryan Russell’s family, calling the fallen officer a shining example to the men and women of the force who will always be remembered.

“I’ve just been alerted that a police officer died this morning,” said TTC Chair Karen Stintz. “It would be appropriate to have everyone be aware of that, and offer our condolences to the family of the fallen officer.”

At least one meeting was put on hold for a moment of silence, following which councillor Norm Kelly reflected.

“It brings firstly to your attention the serendipitous nature of life,” he said. “Most of us don’t think much about our mortality until things like this happen.”

“It’s just incredibly tragic when we lose anyone in the line of duty,” councillor Josh Matlow told 680News.

“It’s a tragic day when we lose an officer, especially in the line of duty, and everyone is thinking about his family and the entire service today.”

“He made the greatest sacrifice that he could,” said councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong. “We’re all grateful for the police and very sorry for what happened today.”

Flags at City Hall and all Toronto Civic Centres have been lowered to honour Sgt. Russell.

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