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May 17, 2005
Toronto Fire Services to honour bravery, heroism and long service
Toronto Fire Services will hold their annual Rescue and Merit Awards, Federal
Exemplary Medal and Promotional Ceremony. They will honour citizens and
firefighters who have exhibited exceptional heroism and bravery (63
recipients), firefighters who have qualified for the Federal Exemplary Service
Medal and bars (60 recipients) and those who were promoted during 2004 (54

Date: Wednesday, May 18

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: Toronto Fire Academy, 895 Eastern Ave.

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

On the morning of Wednesday, December 1, 2004, the entire city was horrified by
a domestic violence incident where three individuals were pronounced dead on
the scene and two young children were transported to hospital. First responding
crews to this call were met with what many of them described as the most
horrific scene they had ever witnessed.

On Tuesday, March 9, 2004, Mr. Joe Vaccarini became aware of a fire and entered
a unit involved to accompany a woman to safety, but she refused and broke free
of his attempts to evacuate her. A second attempt resulted in her safe removal
from the apartment and her being treated for smoke inhalation and chest pains.
Police say that the elderly women’s grandson spread and lit an unknown
accelerant in an attempt to kill his elderly grandmother.

Media contact:

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



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