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December 16, 2005
Media Advisory - Toronto Fire Fighters save Christmas for family after blaze
A fire stole Christmas from a family of seven, but Borys Wrzesnewskyj, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre, Toronto Fire Services’ Rescue 441 crew and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association will bring it back with bundles of toys, clothes, books, food, a Christmas tree and a cheque for $500. The parents and their five children lost everything in a fire on December 10, 2005. The children are two girls, ages 2 months and 14 years, and three boys ages 15 months, 3 and 4 years.

Date: Sunday, December 18
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: 22 Willowridge Rd. (northwest of Eglinton Avenue West and Martin Grove Road)

Toronto Fire Services was called to the fire at 8:39 a.m. on Saturday, December 10. Sixteen units were assigned to this Two Alarm Fire. Forty-three fire fighters responded. The fire was knocked down at 9 a.m. The estimated loss is $42,000.

Toronto Fire Fighters and Borys Wrzesnewskyj, MP, are stepping up to the plate to help restore Christmas for a family in need. This is made possible by the generous support from the residents of Toronto that donate gifts to the City’s 81 fire stations during the Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive.

“I’m honoured to be a part of the Toronto Fire Fighters efforts to reach out to those less fortunate during Christmas. Fire fighters not only risk their lives for our community during emergencies throughout the year, individually and as a group, they also reach out to those needing a helping hand or a kind word. This is what Christmas is all about. This is what community is all about,” stated Wrzesnewskyj.

Fire stations across the City continue to accept new, unwrapped Christmas gifts until December 24. Items for teenagers are urgently needed for pre-Christmas parties at many agencies. Some teen gift ideas are: sports equipment, cosmetics, movie tickets, collectible models, craft kits, board games, books, clock/radios, hair dryers, curling irons, gift cards, CDs and DVDs.

Help make a child’s holiday fire-safe and special. For information about fire safety, visit

Media contacts:

Rick Berenz
Executive Officer
Local 3888

Captain Mike Strapko
Toronto Fire Services
(office) 416-338-9319
(pager) 416-334-5223



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