Park renamed after fallen Toronto officer
Web Staff, cp24.com
Published Friday, July 15, 2011 3:07PM EDT
City council members and Toronto police brass held an event Friday afternoon to officially rename a small park in honour of a fallen officer.
Dupont Parkette, located at 250 Avenue Rd. at Dupont Street, will now be known as Sgt. Ryan Russell Parkette.
Russell, a 35-year-old husband and father, died in the line of duty in January when he was struck by a stolen snowplow.
He was an 11-year veteran of the police service.
Members of Russell's family attended Friday's dedication ceremony with Mayor Rob Ford, Coun. Adam Vaughan and police Chief Bill Blair.
"The last time that we gathered was a very sad and tragic day for all the citizens of Toronto, but today we gather to celebrate a life of service and to remember the sacrafice of one very brave Toronto cop who served this community," Blair said.
Christine Russell attended Friday's ceremony and told CP24 afterwards that her husband would have been humbled by the honour.
"I think he might be a little humbled and maybe embarassed, but very proud indeed," she said.
The motion to rename Dupont Parkette was first proposed by Vaughan.
Richard Kachkar is charged with first-degree murder in Russell's death.