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March 4, 2010
Toronto Fire Services recognizes courage and life saving efforts
Toronto Fire Services will present Rescue and Merit Awards this evening to recognize those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Firefighters and residents selected to receive awards include a Canada Post letter carrier who assisted a woman who was walking outside on a winter day without adequate protection from the cold.

Date: Thursday, March 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Toronto Fire/EMS Training Centre, 895 Eastern Ave.

Approximately 300 firefighters have been identified for recognition for having participated in the successful resuscitation of people stricken with cardiac arrest - people who survived through to hospital discharge - in the period from January 2008 to April 2009. Many people who experience cardiac arrest suffer complications such as brain damage and never make it home alive even if they were initially resuscitated. The firefighters involved have made a significant contribution to Toronto's pre-hospital care system by playing a personal part in saving lives.

Presentations to each award recipient will be made by Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina) and Fire Chief William Stewart.

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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