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May 25, 2005
Toronto Fire Services recognizes courage, compassion and service
Toronto Fire Services will be holding their annual Rescue and Merit Awards,
Federal Exemplary Medal, and Promotional Ceremony this evening. This event will
honour citizens and fire fighters who have exhibited exceptional heroism and
bravery, fire fighters who have qualified for the Federal and Provincial
Exemplary Service Medal and those who have been promoted during the last year.

Date: Wednesday, May 25
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Toronto Fire Academy, 895 Eastern Ave.

Three examples of Rescue and Merit Awards-worthy situations are as follows:

On September 8, 2004, Fire Fighters Bill Spratt and Neil Reynolds from Fire
Station 312 at 34 Yorkville Ave. on their way into work noticed heavy smoke and
flames from a balcony of a high rise apartment building at 50 Hillsboro Ave.
They quickly activated the 911 system, entered the building activated the alarm
system, alerted tenants, located the fire, performed a search for occupants,
and commenced fighting the fire.

On May 26, 2004 at the King Edward Hotel, 37 King St. East, fire fighters from
Fire Station 333 at 207 Front Street East, performed a rescue of a window
washer hanging precariously from a rope and window ledge. Fire Fighters Philip
Allister, Jason Griffeth, and Captain Colin Giffin.

On November 8, 2004, the crew of A131, Captain David Strauss and Fire Fighters
George Divitcos and Perry Jeisel from the Fire Station at 700 Seneca Hill
Drive, were able to assist in delivering a healthy baby girl at Dinnick Cres.

Captain Mike Strapko
416-807-7140 (cell)
416-334-5223 (pager)



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