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June 9, 2013
Toronto's 2013 memorial service for fallen firefighters
The annual Toronto Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service was held today as a way of honouring the 236 firefighters who are named on the Memorial Honour Roll. The memorial commemorates firefighters who have died since 1848 in the service of Toronto.

The memorial event was held at Fire Station 334 (Harbourfront) at 11 a.m. Today’s event included comments and the laying of wreaths by City Council representative Councillor John Parker (Ward 26 Don Valley West), Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association.

"Toronto Fire Service is our first line of defence when an emergency arises," said Councillor Parker. "Whether it is medical, mechanical, hazardous or flammable, firefighters arrive quickly and immediately begin to mitigate the problem. For this we are grateful."

There are six additions to this year's Honour Roll:
• Firefighter Leonard McGee, died January 3, 1979
• Firefighter Raymond Cranswick, died December 15, 1983
• Firefighter Richard Eldon, died May 21, 2012
• Firefighter Jack Cameron, died August 4, 2012
• Firefighter Randy Burch, died November 12, 2012
• Captain Gerald Hagerman, died February 2, 2013

The Toronto Fallen Firefighter Memorial is dedicated to the brave firefighters in Toronto’s history who have lost their lives in the line of duty, or died due to a work-related disease. It recognizes that firefighters risk their lives every day to protect lives, property and the environment in Toronto. Firefighters and their families and friends gather annually for this ceremony of remembrance.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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