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March 20, 2007
Media Advisory: Firefighter line-of-duty death
On Friday March 16, 2007 Toronto Fire Services’ Captain Gary Wilson passed away at Princess Margaret Hospital after a long battle with an occupational illness. Captain Wilson’s death is considered a line-of-duty death and is recognized as work-related by the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board. A funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 21.

Date: Wednesday March 21
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: St. Margaret’s-in-the-Pines Anglican Church, 4130 Lawrence Ave. E.

The funeral service is expected to conclude at 11:45 a.m. The coffin will be carried by a pumper fire truck and honoured by Mayor David Miller, uniformed firefighters, the Toronto Firefighters War Veterans’ Association Colour Guard, and the Toronto Fire Services’ Pipes & Drums Band.

Captain Wilson was 48 years of age, and had 24 years of service with former East York and the City of Toronto. He leaves behind his wife and daughter, as well as many other family members, co-workers and friends. He was a Captain at Station # 231, Platoon B, East Command.

Mayor David Miller, Fire Chief William Stewart, and members of the Toronto Fire Services wish to acknowledge the tremendous loss of Captain Gary Wilson to his family.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 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 contact:
Captain Mike Strapko, Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763



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