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May 10, 2005
Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ 2004 Media Award Winners
Journalists, photographers, and reporters working for the Toronto Sun, CTV News
Toronto and CFRB 1010 are the recipients of the 55th annual Toronto
Professional Fire Fighter Media Awards.

Date: Tuesday, May 10
Time: 8:15 p.m.
Place: Ontario Club, 30 Wellington St. E., 5th Floor

The Awards will be presented at a reception and formal dinner hosted by the
TPFFA at that starts at 6:30 p.m. A cash prize of $500 and a plaque mounted
helmet shield will be presented to the winner of each category.

"These awards are presented each year in recognition of the notable work by
print and broadcast journalists who promote fire safety awareness and
dramatically depict the hazards and perils facing fire fighters as they perform
their duties," said Scott Marks, President, TPFFA.

"The Toronto Fire Services congratulates the winners of these prestigious
awards and acknowledges their outstanding contribution to their profession,"
said Fire Chief Bill Stewart.

The judges of the awards are distinguished journalists who have direct
experience of the difficulties inherent in producing accurate spot news stories
to a demanding deadline.

The judges this year were Bill Dampier, Bob Johnstone and Ken Mallett

The winners of the 2004 TPFFA Media Awards are:

Best News Story - Radio
Bob Komsic of CFRB 1010, for his coverage of a Bloor St. rooming house fire.

Best News Story - Television
CTV News Toronto for their coverage of a trapped window washer. The coverage
reported by John Musselman, camera by Keith Hanley and Jeff Long.

Best News Story - Print Media
Rob Lamberti of the Toronto Sun for his coverage of last summer’s Island Boat
Club fire.

Best Photo - Print Media
Jack Boland of the Toronto Sun for his photo during the Vulcan St. factory fire.

Best News Feature - Glen Cole Award
Alicia Kay-Markson and Jeff Long of CTV News Toronto for their coverage of our
Fire Ops 101. A day at the Fire Academy of "hands-on" experience for the Mayor,
City Councillors, and various media personnel. All participated in a series of
evolutions such as using breathing apparatus, extinguishing fires, learning
first aid/CPR, using auto-extrication tools, and more.

Media contacts:

James Coones
Executive Officer
416-466-1167 Ext. 311

Ian Hamilton
Executive Officer
416-466-1167 Ext. 306

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



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