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New Hero Search Travis Russell - Mar. 01, 2016 (29313)

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Las Animas County Sheriff's Office Patch
Resided: Trinidad (Las Animas County)
CO, USA
Born: Jun. 01, 1971  
Fallen: Mar. 01, 2016
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 44 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Las Animas County Sheriff's Office - CO
2309 E Main St  
Trinidad, CO   81082   USA
(719)846-2211
County: Las Animas
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Deputy
Sworn Date: 2004
FBI Class: Traffic Accident
Weapon Class: Vehicle
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 20 years
Duties: assigned as a Supervisory Deputy Sheriff/Trainer/Student Resource Officer

Bio: born in Quincy, IL, on June 1, 1971, to Bonnie L. Turner and Jimmie D. Russell, who preceded him in death.

Travis earned a BFA from Avila University of Kansas City, MO, before working in law enforcement. He married Meghan J. Harris on September 21, 1996 in Kansas City. They relocated to Las Animas County in June 2000, and Travis began work with the Sheriff’s Department, working in the Corrections Unit as an Assistant Shift Commander, Training Officer, and armed transport officer. He also served as a certified transport officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In November of 2002, Travis moved to the Colorado Department of Corrections, where he worked for two years while attending the police academy.

In 2004, Travis joined the Trinidad Police Department, earning a spot on the SWAT unit. In 2007, he returned to the Sheriff’s Department and was promoted to Sergeant and Field Training Officer in 2010. In 2012, the family relocated to Montrose, CO to accommodate a position held by his wife, and Travis worked as a Security Contractor for a division of the Department of Energy and as a Code Enforcement Officer for Cedaredge Police Department. The family returned to Trinidad in 2013 and Travis rejoined the Sheriff’s Department as a Supervisory Deputy Sheriff/Trainer/Student Resource Officer, a job he performed until his death.

Travis was a devoted husband and father, known for his witty sense of humor and playful spirit. His family was always his top priority.

Survived by:
Meghan - Wife
Children
Brenna (13) and Chloe (6) and son Evan (11)

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location:   Trinidad, CO   USA   Tue. Mar. 01, 2016
Summary: For an unknown reason(possible medical emergency), Deputy Russell’s 2009 Ford Expedition patrol vehicle crossed the centerline of the road upon which he was driving and struck a parked vehicle. The patrol vehicle then rolled over on its passenger side.

Deputy Russell was wearing his seatbelt, but he was found unresponsive in his patrol vehicle. Deputy Russell was transported to a Mount San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad, where he died.

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