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October 3, 2003
Toronto EMS to honour fallen Halifax paramedic
Emergency Medical Services - Five representatives from Toronto Emergency
Medical Services are heading to Newfoundland for tomorrow's funeral service for
Halifax paramedic John Rossiter, who was killed in the line of duty early
Monday morning.

"John Rossiter's tragic death, while protecting his community, deeply saddens
the entire paramedic family," said Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr. "This has been
a very hard year for Toronto's paramedics, who've had to deal with SARS and the
blackout, but to have one of our brothers struck down in his ambulance by
Hurricane Juan has touched our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to
John's family in Newfoundland and co-workers in Nova Scotia EMS."

The funeral service is being held on Saturday, October 4, 2003 at 10 a.m.
(Newfoundland Daylight Time) at Mary Queen of the World Church, Topsail Road,
Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland.

Several paramedic Honour Guard teams from across the country will be in
attendance. Toronto EMS is being represented by Deputy Chief Norm Lambert and
several members of the Toronto EMS Honour Guard.

Donations may be made the John Michael Rossiter Foundation, c/o the Queen
Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre Foundation, 1278 Tower Rd., Halifax, NS B3H

Media contacts:
Peter Macintyre, Toronto EMS, 416-392-2069
Larry Roberts, Toronto EMS, 416-392-2255



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