February 17, 2011-The House of Representatives passed a joint resolution honoring the memory of Army Specialist Russell E. Madden by designating Kentucky Route 1120 within the city limits of Bellevue, also know as Memorial Parkway, the SPC Russell Madden Memorial Parkway.
Russell was killed June 23, 2010 when his convoy was attacked with a rocket-propelled grenade during a mission. He was a member of Delta First Squadron, 91st Calvary Regiment, 173rd Brigade Combat Team.
Russell had been an outstanding football player at Bellevue High School and later coached Peewee football where he took an interest in the lives of every child on the team. Those children, their parents and hundreds of others lined the streets of Bellevue to honor one of their own. One parent was quoted saying, “If God needed a quarterback, he found a great one in Russell Madden.”
Specialist Madden leaves behind his sons Parker and Jared, his wife Michelle, mother Peggy Davitt, father Martin Madden, stepmother Pamela Madden and stepfather Mike Davitt. He also leaves behind a brother Martin, sister Lindsey and grandparents William and Peggy Strange.