William (Bill) Rusk
During his 30-year policing career, Bill has served in various capacities, such as uniform patrol, police dog services, criminal investigations branch, drugs, and intelligence, as well as specialized projects and joint force assignments, while retiring with the rank of Sergeant.
During his career, Bill has been recognized twice by two separate police agencies as “Police Officer of the Year”.
Bill is the recipient of the following policing achievements:
- 20-year and 30-year Police Exemplary Service Medal
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for commitment and service to policing field.
- the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) - Dennis R. Latten Award for long standing leadership, dedication, and excellence in policing.
Bill holds two dubious policing distinctions:
- being the only modern-day police officer in Canada, who has been shot in the line of duty, with no suspect ever being arrested/charged, or even identified.
- being married to a police officer, who was involved in their own police shooting, who subsequently developed severe-chronic PTSD which led to their own retirement from policing.
With a strong belief in life-long learning, Bill has obtained a B.A. from York University prior to entering policing, followed by numerous courses and diplomas throughout his career, including the Harvard Law School, Labour and Worklife Program, has recently completed his Master’s Thesis and is now working on obtaining his PhD. Also, Bill is a certified traumatic stress specialist, a licensed lay worship leader with the United Church of Canada, as well as a certified police chaplain.
Bill hopes to raise the profile of Badge of Life Canada as the predominant organizational voice regarding operational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress, and suicide prevention on behalf of all first responder personnel across Canada who still struggle in silence.