Sgt. Ryan Russell died in the arms of fellow officer

Sgt. Ryan Russell. (Submitted Photo)

Sgt. Ryan Russell. (Submitted Photo)

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:56 PM ET

TORONTO – He didn't die alone.

That is some solace, at least. While Sgt. Ryan Russell was killed in such a brutal, violent manner -- run down by a stolen snowplow driven by a man seemingly bent on wanton destruction -- his last breaths were in the caring arms of a fellow officer who begged him to live.

More than two years later, Sgt. Sarah Andrews was taken back to that dark, snowy morning of Jan 12, 2011 when she watched Russell slip away. "I kept talking to him, telling him that he had to fight and hold on, help was coming," she testified Wednesday, as her eyes filled with tears and Russell's family members began to weep.

But despite her pleas, the married father of a young son was too badly injured to survive.

Until paramedics could get there, Andrews had been told to roll Russell on to his back. It was only then that she realized he was a police officer. "There was blood everywhere. I put my right hand underneath his head and I could feel a hole under the back of his head and there was a lot of blood pouring into my hand," she recalled.


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