Just after the outbreak of the Crossed virus, everyone went crazy and started looting, looking for food and other survival stuff. Leaving his wife and kids at the house, Russ began looting too. When he returned, his front door was open. His wife was banging the neighbor outside on the lawn. Russ killed the neighbor with his axe, but his wife had already become infected. Afraid, Russ ran away, leaving his kids to fend on their own.
Now trapped on part of a collapsed bridge, Russ formed a group with the other people that got stuck. Fortunately, they were cut off from the Crossed virus. One day, they were visited by survivalists Morgan and Olivia, who divided the group into smaller pieces so they could manage them.
Morgan and Olivia sowed doubt and anger into the group. They convinced Russ that Richard, the self-appointed leader, could better be removed from the group. Russ pushed Richard off the bridge, hoping to kill him. Russ was later bashed his head in by Tyree during a heated argument.