Officer Wayne S. Russell, Jr. – Cranston Police

Officer Wayne S. Russell, Jr. – Cranston Police

Officer Wayne S. Russell, Jr.

     Officer Wayne S. Russell, Jr., (Badge 495), passed away unexpectedly on May 26, 2023, at the age of 43.   During his twelve year career with the Cranston Police he earned several commendations for great policework.  He’s buried at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.  

     Rest in peace our brother. 

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Detective John Montanaro – Cranston Police

Det. John F. Montanaro Badge 164

     Retired Cranston Police Detective John F. Montanaro passed away on January 5, 2023 at the age of 76.  He served the good citizens of Cranston for 28 years before his retirement.  During his long career, John worked in the patrol division, and later served as a plain clothes officer in the department’s anti-crime unit.  He also served as a detective in the elite Combined Operations & Response Team, (CORT Unit), which worked closely with the department’s Narcotics & Vice Unit.     

     John was the beloved husband of 35 years to Paula (Ricci) Montanaro.  Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Joseph and Tina (Rotondo) Montanaro.  
     Besides his wife John is survived by his loving children: Kristina Regine of Warwick, and John F. Montanaro Jr. and his wife Deborah of North Kingstown; his dear sister: Sandra Riddle, and her husband Donald of Cranston.  He was also the cherished grandfather of 5 , great-grandfather of 3, and brother-in-law of Michele Ricci and her late husband Carl Izzo of Cranston.  

     Burial took place in St. Ann’s Cemetery. 

     Rest in peace our brother. 


Officer John Bell – Cranston Police

Ptl. John Bell

Badge 185

John Bell, (on left), Tom Mooney, (on right) at the department’s armory – circa 1995

     Retired officer John Bell passed away on November 6, 2022.  John was appointed to the Cranston Police Department on July 17, 1972.  During his career he severed in the patrol division and motorcycle unit.  He was also one of the department armorers, a firearms instructor, and range officer. 

     In the 1990s he transferred to the traffic division after which he completed six weeks of intensive training to become one of the department’s first “accident reconstructionists”.  John used his knowledge and skill to investigate fatal injury and serious injury accidents to mathematically and forensically “reconstruct” what happened.   Today’s CPD traffic officers are routinely sent to Accident Reconstruction School, but such was not the case in the 1990s.   

     John Retired on February 27, 1998, after serving the citizens of Cranston for more than 25 years.        

     Rest in peace our brother.