Russell is an outstanding firefighter, making an impact to many lives. He is the Vice-President of the Portsmouth Fire Fighters Charitable Association where he organized a fundraiser, Sarah’s Ride, for fellow firefighter Sarah Fox while she fought breast cancer. The ride Russell organized continues as memorial following the loss of Sarah in 2011, it hosts over 300 motorcycles and more than 2,000 people in attendance. Funds from the ride continue to do good things in the community including sending young women to Camp Fully Involved, a week-long firefighting school held each summer.
As Captain of the local “Movember” team, Bros with Mo’s, Firefighters were able to raise $17,000 for cancer research. Russell also organized fundraisers for a second firefighter, Jeff Bokum who lost his battle with cancer in 2012. Russell remembers both Sarah and Jeff through a cancer awareness program he developed for firefighters. The program is delivered through a team of dedicated volunteers across New England. Along with being a busy firefighter, he is also a dedicated husband and father of two young ladies.