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December 10, 2004
Fire fighters help family
Santa Claus joins the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association (TPFFA)
and the Toronto Fire Services Pumper 324 crew to bring an early Christmas to
nine children now living together as a family, after three of the children
tragically lost their mother in a murder-suicide about a month ago. The aunt of
the three children is now their care provider and is in need of assistance.

Date: Sunday, December 12
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: 70 Blake St, Townhouse 115 (west of Jones Avenue, north of
Gerrard St. E.)

The TPFFA will present a $500 cheque to the aunt and Pumper 324 crew will
present gifts to all nine children. The gifts are from the annual Toronto Fire
Fighters' toy drive.

"The Fire fighters of our great city hope that our small contribution to these
children will inspire the citizens of Toronto to make a contribution to the
established trust fund during the holiday season," said Rick Berenz of the
Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association

Since the murder of their mother, the children are having a difficult time
coping with this loss. This event is meant to try and bring some happiness back
into the lives of the children. It is requested that no reference to the murder
be made in the presence of the children.

Until noon, Friday, December 24, all 81 Toronto fire stations are accepting new
unwrapped toys and sporting goods. Fire fighters distribute gifts for children
of all ages, from infants to teens in their seventeenth year. Gifts are taken
to children at dozens of hospitals and shelters throughout the holiday season,
including Christmas Day.

Help make a child's holiday fire-safe and special. For information about fire
safety, visit:

Media contacts:
Rick Berenz, Executive Officer, TPFFA Local 3888, cell 416-986-4130
Captain Michael Strapko, Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9319, pager



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