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December 8, 2007
Media Advisory - Toronto Firefighter to receive community relations award
The Bridlewood Chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) will present a community relations award to Acting Captain Paul Kennedy, Fire Station 225 on D-Platoon.

Date: Monday, December 10
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: The School Fine Dining, 4121 - 14th Ave., Unionville

Acting Fire Chief Frank Lamie said, “The IODE selected Paul to recognize his ongoing humanitarian initiatives both on and off the job during his 24 years as a firefighter. Paul was very active when Scarborough firefighters set up their training tower as a haunted house each Halloween. The funds from this effort were donated to the Scarborough burn centre.

“For many years Paul played Santa on Christmas Day. He left his family and friends to visit area hospitals handing out toys to the children who were unable to go home for the holiday and pass good wishes for the season on behalf of firefighters.”

Kennedy often joined firefighters doing boot drives in malls and other public locations to collect donations to help fight Muscular Dystrophy, Acting Chief Lamie said. Next, Kennedy plans to do the Ride to Conquer Cancer that takes place in June of 2008. He will ride his bike from Toronto to Niagara and back in one weekend, a distance of more than 100 km each way. His goal is to raise $5,000. To sponsor him with a donation visit: and click on “Sponsor a Participant” Paul Kennedy.

The IODE is a women’s charitable organization. Founded in 1900, IODE members are proud of our heritage and traditions. Students and women of all ages, from all walks of life and educational backgrounds, meet in local chapters for fun, friendship and community volunteerism. The mission of IODE, is to improve the quality of life for children, youth and those in need, through educational, social service and citizenship programs. For more information about IODE, visit:

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 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763



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