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August 10, 2008
Firefighter dies during fire operations at explosion
It is with sadness that the City of Toronto confirms the passing of a 25 year veteran firefighter of the Toronto Fire Services.

District Chief Bob Leek was found vital signs absent today while assisting with emergency operations during the explosion and fire at the Sunrise Propane facility at 54 Murray Road.

CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) was immediately performed by Fire and Toronto Emergency Medical Services crews and District Chief Leek was quickly transported to Humber River Regional Hospital, Church Street Site. Hospital staff worked to save him but unfortunately it was too late to save him. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Bob started with the Toronto Fire Department on June 27, 1983. He worked his way up from firefighter to District Chief of Emergency Planning on January 9, 2006.

"On behalf of all Torontonians, I want to express deepest sympathies and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of District Chief Leek," said Mayor David Miller. "His years of dedicated service to the city are truly appreciated and stand as a testament to the excellence of Toronto Fire Services and indeed our entire public service."

Fire Chief William Stewart is deeply saddened with the loss of one of his firefighters. "Bob was a dedicated member of the Toronto Fire Services. His contribution to public safety and emergency planning was in the interests of the citizens of Toronto," the Chief stated. "Bob will be missed by the members of the Service. On behalf of all members, I offer our condolences to the Leek family on this tragic loss."

Bob Leek was 55 years of age.

Media contact:
Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications, 416-919-6500 (cell)



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