Toronto firefighters’ heroic animal rescues recognized|
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Fire Chief Bill Stewart will congratulate seven Toronto firefighters for their
heroic animal rescues at the Toronto Humane Society’s Awards ceremony, which
will launch Be Kind to Animals Week. James Coones, a Toronto Professional Fire
Fighters’ Association executive officer, will present a cheque to Toronto
Humane Society from the association.
Date: Monday, May 2
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: 11 River St. (in tent east of the building)
Toronto firefighters will be recognized for four separate animal rescues:
On April 21, 2005, while performing search and rescue operations with zero
visibility due to thick toxic smoke, Acting Captain Scott Manderson from Aerial
423, found a cat on a windowsill in a third floor bedroom on Pacific Avenue. It
was unsafe to carry the cat back through the house because of the fire
conditions. Acting Captain Manderson broke the screen from the window, careful
not to frighten the cat and lowered the nervous feline to the safe arms of
another firefighter on a second floor porch.
On February 27, 2005, Pumper 422 responded to a call from Baby Point Crescent.
Toronto firefighters Harry McIntyre, Doug Strauss, Morgan Reiner and Captain
Ken Lines did a low-angle rope rescue to save some boys and their dog, Lucy,
from a steep ravine along the Humber River. Lucy was pulled up in a hockey bag.
On February 23, 2005, Ziggy, a trained guide dog, alerted Neena Saloiya, blind
since birth, to a kitchen fire on Mabelle Avenue just before a smoke alarm
activated and then safely led her down twenty flights of stairs. Ziggy was
nominated by Toronto Fire Services.
On February 1, 2005, as the crew of the William Lyon MacKenzie fireboat went
about their morning ice-breaking duties in the inner harbour, they received a
call from the Ferry Ongiara. A disabled Canada goose was stuck in the ice,
bleeding from its foot and in obvious peril. The crew decided to pursue a
rescue. Scott Eyers, a Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association
executive officer, will accept the award on behalf of the fireboat crew.
On July 9, 2004, crews responded to an apartment fire on Queen Street West.
Upon arrival, extreme heat and billowing smoke greeted Rescue Squad 331.
Firefighter Paul O’Brien quickly searched the apartment and found a cat under a
desk – she was barely alive. Paul rescued the feline, leaving her in the care
of EMS Level II Paramedic Brian Donnelly.
Captain Mike Strapko