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December 15, 2006
Toronto firefighters assist family after tragic fire
Councillor Frances Nunziata (Ward 11 York South-Weston) and Toronto Fire Chief Bill Stewart will join Toronto firefighters to bring gifts from their annual Toy Drive, as well as cheques totaling $1,000, to a family who lost a loved one and all of their belongings in a tragic fire last Sunday at 105 Humber Blvd. The cheques will go towards a trust fund set up by Toronto Community Housing and York Community Services to help the family recover from the loss.

Date: Saturday, December 16
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: 105 Humber Blvd., Unit 2

Rick Berenz, Executive Officer with the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association and Operation Christmas Tree (the Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive) will present the cheques and encourage Toronto residents to contribute to the trust fund this holiday season. Donations can be made at any Royal Bank branch in the Greater Toronto Area to the Serwah Family Trust Fund.

Councillor Nunziata will also present a certificate of commendation. “I highly commend Toronto firefighters from Fire Station 422, 424 and all other firefighters for putting their lives on the line in this tragic third alarm blaze,” said Councillor Nunziata.

Toronto Fire Services encourages residents to install fire sprinklers in their homes. “Anyone considering major renovations or a new home should also consider having residential sprinklers installed to avoid future tragedies,” said Toronto Fire Chief Bill Stewart. “A few thousand dollars is minimal for supreme protection against the ravages of fire.”

For more information about home fire sprinklers, visit

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Captain Mike Strapko
Toronto Fire Services

Rick Berenz
Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association



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