I worked with Russ for 20 years and had the pleasure of going on three deployments with him. Chincoteague Island, Virgina. Canary Islands, Spain. The most memorable was a 4 day training class in Los Angles. On Sept 9, 2001, Russ arrived at the airport carrying a guitar onto the flight. On Sept 11, 7:10am, he was knocking on my hotel door, telling me that terrorist had just knocked over the World Trade Center. The class was canceled for the day, and while the rest of the world was watching the events on TV, Russ and I, using his local knowledge of LA, spent the day crisscrossing LA on its nearly empty freeways, on a once in a lifetime sightseeing excursion.
Russ was a selfless man in a 'me first' generation. He was a loyal husband to his wife and a terrific father to their children. Russ will live on in the memories of those whose lives he touched.