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December 13, 2005
Media Advisory: Toronto Fire Fighters rescue family’s Christmas after blaze
Toronto Fire Services’ Pumper 223 will deliver bags of gifts and bikes to save Christmas for a single mother and her three children who lost everything in a fire on December 7, 2005. The children are two girls, ages 7 months and 4 years, and a 12-year-old boy.

Rick Berenz, Executive Officer with the Toronto Professional Fire Fighter’s Association will also present a $500 cheque to the family.

Date: Wednesday, December 14
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: 2570 Kingston Rd. (west of Brimley Road)

People are encouraged to donate gifts to any of the City’s 81 fire stations during the annual Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive. Set up a box at your worksite or ask guests to donate a gift at your private party for Fire’s Toy Drive. Please request gifts for ages 9 to 17.

Fire stations welcome new, unwrapped donations until December 24. Gifts 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.

Always keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children. Store them up high, preferably in a locked cabinet. For more information about fire safety for children, visit

Media contacts:
Rick Berenz, Executive Officer, TPFFA, Local 3888, 416-986-4130
Doug Sargent, retired District Chief, Toy Drive (office) 416-338-3339
Captain Mike Strapko, Toronto Fire Services, (office) 416-338-9319, (pager) 416-334-5223



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