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August 31, 2005
Media Advisory: Toronto EMS to recognize citizen for CPR cardiac arrest save -- with CPR training you might save someone you love
  
Toronto Emergency Medical Services is launching EMS Day at The Ex by honouring
the efforts of 82-year-old Abbey Grossman for performing lifesaving CPR on his
83-year-old friend, Murray Fructman.

Mr. Fructman collapsed while they were walking at Yorkdale Mall on August 12,
2005. Mr. Grossman administered CPR to his fallen friend. His efforts were
crucial in Mr. Fructman's survival. He was later transported by Toronto EMS
paramedics to Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre for
emergency treatment.

Toronto EMS will present Mr. Grossman with a 2005 EMS Citizen's Award and a
Heart-In-Motion Award tomorrow at The Ex.

Date: Thursday, September 1
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: Canadian National Exhibition, Saskatchewan Road -- west
end of Exhibition Place, opposite the Kid's World Bandshell.

The City of Toronto encourages all members of the public to take a CPR/First
Aid course. Knowing CPR could save the life of someone you love.

Currently in Toronto, only 14 per cent of the population is certified in CPR.
Tomorrow's event highlights the fact that anyone can learn and practice CPR to
save lives. In an effort to teach more people CPR, Toronto EMS will host the
Toronto CPR Challenge during which free CPR courses will be offered across the
city on October 1 and 2. For more information on the Toronto CPR Challenge call
416-392-2086.

September 1 is EMS Day at The Ex. EMS staff and vehicles will be participating
in the daily Parade around The Ex at 6 p.m. The Parade will include a range of
EMS vehicles.

Media contacts:
Garrie Wright, Co-ordinator, Toronto EMS Cardiac Safe City Program, 416-338-0475
Larry Roberts, Co-ordinator, Toronto EMS Media Relations and Communications,
416-392-2255



 

 

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