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March 16, 2005
Toronto Fire Fighters’ Off-Duty Awards
  
The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association will be honouring off-duty
deeds of Toronto fire fighters at an annual pre-Ball Luncheon.

Date: Thursday, March 17
Time: 1:15 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Centre, Essex Ballroom, 123 Queen St. W. 2nd Floor

The Off-Duty Fire Fighter Award
Awarded to a Toronto fire fighter who, while off-duty, made a rescue or was
involved in saving the life of a citizen in a hazardous or threatening
situation. This year’s winner is Acting Captain Royal Bradley from Fire Station
323, 153 Chatham Avenue. Acting Captain Bradley, while vacationing in Los
Angeles, helped two women that were seriously injured in an automobile
accident. Both victims had no vital signs. Royal established a pulse for the
person still in the car and then revived the other woman, who was thrown from
her vehicle.

The Roy Silver Award
Awarded to a Toronto fire fighter who, while off-duty, performed First Aid or
CPR. The winner of this award is Acting District Chief Gary Hewson from Fire
Station 332, 260 Adelaide Street West. While having dinner with his wife at a
restaurant in Sauble Beach, Acting District Chief Hewson noticed a woman trying
to perform the Heimlich maneuver on her husband who was choking. Her attempts
were unsuccessful, as her husband could not breathe. Gary immediately took
charge and after several strong thrusts was able to dislodge the obstruction
from the man’s airway.

Al Pearsall Award
Awarded to a Toronto fire fighter who, while off-duty, contributed time and
effort toward the improvement of the community. This year’s winner is Fire
Fighter Jonathon Robinson from Fire Station 314, 12 Grosvenor Street. Fire
Fighter Robinson organized a first annual Toronto Fire Fighters’ Media Trivia
Night. The event attracted media, Toronto fire fighters, TFS administration
staff, politicians and corporate sponsors to raise funds and awareness for the
Daily Bread Food Bank. Thousands of dollars were collected and plans are
underway for a second Trivia Night.


Media contacts:
James Coones
Executive Officer, TPFFA, Local 3888 at 647-220-8787 (cell)

Captain Michael Strapko
Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9319, 416-807-7140 (cell),
416-334-5223 (pager)



 

 

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