Constable Morgan Russell
Constable Morgan Russell was 54 years of age and served as a Police Constable for over 33 years. Constable Russell started his policing career with the Innisfil Police in October 1989 and stayed on when the South Simcoe Police Service was formed in 1997.
Constable Russell was a frontline officer but throughout his career, he also served as a founding member of the Emergency Response Unit for 22 years, a coach officer, a trained crisis negotiator, and a member of the recruiting team conducting interviews and presenting to local colleges.
On October 11, 2022, Constable Russell and fellow officer Constable Devon Northrup were shot in an ambush attack while responding to a disturbance call at a home in Innisfil. Both officers were transported to hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.
Constable Russell is survived by his wife and two children.
Constable Devon Northrup
Constable Devon Northrup was 33 years of age and served as a Police Constable for six years.
Constable Northrup was assigned to the Community Mobilization and Engagement Unit at the time of his death. He was a coach officer, a member of the Emergency Response Unit and served as part of the Crisis Outreach Response Unit that responds to mental health calls. Constable Northrup was also a licenced drone operator.
On October 11, 2022, Constable Northrup and fellow officer Constable Morgan Russell were shot in an ambush attack while responding to a disturbance call at a home in Innisfil. Both officers were transported to hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.
Constable Northrup is survived by his spouse and parents.
Constable Alan Kuzmich
Senior Constable Kuzmich was outside of his cruiser on County Road 4 and Concession 10 in Bradford investigating the theft of a motorcycle at 10:40 p.m. when he was hit and killed instantly by a Dodge Durango. Constable Kuzmich’s death was the first fatality of an officer on duty in the history of the South Simcoe Service.