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Conservation Warden Mark H. Russell, Jr. | Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin

Conservation Warden

Mark H. Russell, Jr.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Saturday, May 21, 1955

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Boating accident

Incident Date: 5/21/1955

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Warden Russell drowned after being involved in a boating accident while checking fishermen for licenses.

Warden Russell was thrown from a motorized canoe on Pike Lake north of Cadott while out checking fishing licenses with another warden. They started the boat’s motor to move from one group of fishermen to another. The canoe lurched at an angle and both men were thrown into the water.

Fishermen pulled the other warden from the water, but Warden Russell quickly sank. His body was recovered hours later. Impact with the water caused a dislocation of his right arm at the shoulder, leading to speculation the impact stunned him as well, preventing him from saving himself.

Warden Russell had served the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for five years and was stationed out of Neillsville. He was survived by his wife, mother and sister.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 57th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 21, 2012

 

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