Awards Spotlight Provincial Contributions to Fire Safety

    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - Seventeen Ontario recipients received Fire
Safety Awards today at the 20th annual Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety
Council's award ceremony.
    Fire Safety Partner Awards and Fire Safety Advocate Awards recognize
organizations and individuals who have contributed to fire safety in their
communities. Fire Safety Action Awards are presented to children whose quick
actions helped to avert potentially life-threatening situations.
    "Education saves lives. Ontario's fire services are enhanced by citizens
and organizations that help to spread the message of fire safety. I would like
to congratulate the recipients of this year's Fire Safety Awards, and thank
each of you for helping to ensure a safer Ontario," said Rick Bartolucci,
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
    "All of the award recipients were recognized for taking responsibility in
their communities to prevent tragic fires, injuries and deaths," said Fire
Marshal of Ontario Pat Burke. "Their collective efforts have significantly
impacted public safety in Ontario."

    The recipients of this year's awards are:

    Ryan Ball, age 11, from Bowmanville
    Michael Taylor, age 9, from Markham
    Julia Warren, age 10, from Brooklin
    Joe Adams, Technical Standards and Safety Authority inspector,
    St. Catharines
    Carolin Dimitroff, teacher, Fairmont Public School, London
    Leo Mercier, Electrical Safety Authority inspector, Niagara Falls
    Jo-Ann Slack, teacher, O'Connor Public School, Toronto
    Greg Wheeler, graphic artist, Russell
    Jeffrey J. Young, teacher, Monsignor Uyen Catholic School, Chatham
    Kathy Foch, real estate agent, Keswick
    Star Board Communications, Belleville
    The Kiwanis Club of Brantford
    Niagara Falls Review
    Lambton Seniors Association, Point Edward
    Union Gas Limited, Hamilton
    Windsor Family Credit Union
    The Co-Operators Group, Guelph

For further information:

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

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