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June 13, 2010
Toronto's annual fallen firefighter memorial service
The City distributed this news release to the media on Sunday, June 13.

The annual Toronto Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service was held today as a way of honouring the 218 firefighters who are named on the Memorial Honour Roll. The memorial commemorates firefighters who have died in the service of the citizens of Toronto since 1848.

The memorial event was held at Fire Station 334 (Harbourfront) at 11 a.m. today.

There are five additions to our Honour Roll this year:
- Captain Jack Painter, June 2, 1999
- Firefighter Leo Dorgan, May 27, 2009
- Captain William (Bill) Closs, June 21,2009
- Firefighter William John Scott, January 8, 2010
- Acting Captain David Charles Gray, March 9, 2010

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. Today's event included the comments and the laying of wreaths by senior representatives from the City of Toronto, Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763



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