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September 24, 2010
City to commemorate former District Fire Chief Robert Leek with park opening
Councillor Maria Augimeri (Ward 9 York Centre) and representatives of the City of Toronto and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association will honour the late Robert Leek, a District Fire Chief, with the opening of Robert Leek Park. Special guests: Fulvia Leek (nee Coccorocchio), David Leek and Jim Leek, who are the wife, son and brother of the late Robert Leek.

Date: Sunday, September 26
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: 3 Hanover Rd. (slightly north of the intersection of Dufferin Street and Wilson Avenue - Dufferin turns into Beffort Road north of Wilson, then veers left and turns into Hanover Road.)

Robert Leek was a 25-year veteran firefighter who made significant contributions to Toronto Fire Services and the residents of Toronto as district chief. He succumbed to a heart attack while responding to a propane explosion in 2008.

Parminder Singh Saini, who also lost his life at the site of the explosion, will also be commemorated with a plaque in his honour.

Many corporations, organizations and union locals made financial and in-kind contributions toward the revitalization of the park. The City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division has overseen construction of the project through to completion.

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 contacts:
Toronto Fire Services media line, 416-338-0763,
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726,



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