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August 6, 2004
Fire Fighters donate $500 to Robert Fordjour Jr. benefit
The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association President Scott Marks will
present a $500 cheque at a benefit this morning for Robert Fordjour Jr., who
firefighters recovered from Mimico Creek last Sunday. Some of the original
search teams will be there, including District Chief 44, Pumper 445 and Squad

Date: Friday, August 6
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Willowridge Information and Recreation Centre, 44
Willowridge Rd.
(one block west of Martin Grove north off Eglinton)

Fire Chief Bill Stewart is attending and said, "I attribute the success of this
search and recovery to the sheer professional diligence and teamwork that
Toronto firefighters demonstrated."

"Toronto firefighters are sad to confirm that the lad has drowned, however
relieved to bring closure to the family," said Platoon Chief BJ Hansen. He also
warned parents and guardians, "Please teach children to not play near
waterways. Rivers and creeks are especially dangerous during rain when currents
are high, fast and strong."

The Willowridge Information and Recreation Centre is a non-profit, incorporated
organization offering programs and services to the residents of Central
Etobicoke. The W.I.R.C.'s mandate is to increase the quality and dignity of
life, by decreasing the problems associated with isolation, cultural adjustment
and individuals having limited accessibility to both financial and community

As you may be aware, the Willowridge Community recently experienced the tragic
loss of Robert Fordjour Jr., age seven. Robert slipped into the Mimico Creek on
Saturday July 31, 2004 and was unable to overcome the conditions of the river.
The Willowridge Information and Recreation Centre will be hosting a benefit in
memory of Robert, where all money raised will be used to help his family pay
for services.

The Robert Fordjour Jr. Benefit will take place on Friday, August 6 from 11
a.m. to 8 p.m. at 44 Willowridge Rd. This benefit will include a barbeque,
midway activities, prominent guest speakers from the community, and counselors
to offer support and raise awareness on community safety.

For more information, visit

Media contact:
Acting District Chief Mike Strapko, Toronto Fire Services,
416-338-9319, pager: 416-468-9399



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