More information on Sgt. Lee Russell who was killed in helicopter crash
Lee Russell was from a small town in western Tennessee, McKenzie.
He began his law enforcement career as a reserve deputy for Henry County while he was a student at U. T. Martin.
Russell was an intern for the TBI, a part-time pilot for the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force and then joined the Highway Patrol after graduation.
He would get advanced flight training focusing on Airborne Law Enforcement techniques, which is what he was doing this week when his helicopter crashed.
The Marion County Sheriff says they were looking for marijuana fields at the time.
Lee Russell is survived by a wife and two children.