Media Advisory: Fire Fighters' Off-Duty Awards|
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The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association will be honouring the
off-duty deeds of Toronto Fire Fighters at our annual luncheon.
Date: Thursday, March 18
Time: 12:30 p.m. Awards presented at 1:15 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Centre, Dominion Ballroom, 123 Queen St. W.
The Off-Duty Fire Fighter Award is awarded to a Local 3888 member who, during
the year of 2003 and while off duty, made a rescue or was involved in saving
the life of a fellow citizen in a hazardous or threatening situation. This
year's winner is Captain John Walsh of Station 411. Captain Walsh assisted a
citizen who had developed serious heat stroke during the Terry Fox Run in
Oakville on September 14, 2003. Captain Walsh's immediate action was later
attributed to saving the individual's life whose core body temperature reached
42 degrees Celsius.
The Roy Silver Award is awarded to a Local 3888 member who, during the year of
2003 and while off duty, performed first aid or CPR. The winner of this award
is Fire Inspector Winston Mapp Sr. While driving home from work, Inspector Mapp
came upon a serious collision involving a number of vehicles at an intersection
in Brampton with no emergency personnel on scene. Inspector Mapp administered
first aid to several of the victims, one of whom later succumbed to her
injuries. Inspector Mapp attended the funeral of this victim and was asked by
the family to deliver the eulogy.
The Al Pearsall Award is awarded to a Local 3888 member who, during the year of
2003 and while off duty, contributed time and effort toward the improvement of
the community and their fellow human beings. This year's winner is Fire Fighter
Ron Kyle from Station 426. Fire Fighter Kyle worked tirelessly in his effort to
assist the volunteer charity "Mercy Ships" in Sierra Leone, West Africa. His
mission was to donate much needed firefighting equipment to the Freetown Fire
Department in Sierra Leone and the actual Mercy Ships themselves.
Representatives from Mercy Ships will be attending and available for comment.
Paul Halls, Executive Officer, TPFFA, Local 3888, at 647-224-5998