Kitchener man to receive Fire Safety Award



    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - Gerry Kelly will receive a Fire Safety Advocate
Award from the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council at a ceremony on
June 28, 2007 in Toronto. The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize outstanding
contributions to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.
    As a member of the Knights of Columbus, Gerry commits hundreds of
volunteer hours each year to ensure local seniors are safe from fire. Through
the Kitchener Fire Department's Seniors Alarmed for Life program, Gerry
coordinates volunteers to test and install smoke alarms in the homes of
seniors. Gerry also takes care of the inspection administration and ensures
enough supplies are on hand to keep the program operating.
    "Gerry has been a real lifesaver for those who are unable to test and
install their smoke alarms," said Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "As a fire safety
advocate, Gerry has been working with a group that is often considered
hard-to-reach. His work will go a long way in providing occupants with the
precious seconds to escape a fire."

    Fire departments throughout the province nominated individuals and
organizations for this year's awards; 21 recipients were selected. The
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Monte Kwinter and Fire
Marshal Burke will present the awards at a luncheon ceremony at the Fairmont
Royal York Hotel in Toronto.





For further information:

For further information: Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138; Janice Johnstone, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3151

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