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September 11, 2003
Media Advisory: Toronto Fire Fighters mark grave of first fallen comrade
  
On Sunday, September 14, the Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Professional
Fire Fighters' Association will mark an important day in the history of Toronto
Fire Services. Together, they will dedicate and set a grave marker to honour
the final resting place of the first known fallen fire fighter in Canada.

Fire Fighter Thornton died in the line of duty on November 24, 1848, two days
after being struck my falling debris while fighting a fire in Toronto. He has
rested in an unmarked grave in St. James' Cemetery for almost 155 years. At 22
years of age, Fire Fighter Thornton was the first recorded fire service
line-of-duty death in Toronto and Canada.

Date: Sunday, September 14

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: St. James' Cemetery, 635 Parliament Street (south of Bloor Street),
Chapel of St. James-the-Less

Media contact:
Captain David Sheen, Public Information Officer, 416-338-9317,
416-468-9978 (pager), 416-578-4316 (cell)



 

 

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