Chatham-Kent teacher to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - Jeffrey Young of Chatham-Kent will receive a
Fire Safety Advocate Award from the Fire Marshal of Ontario at a ceremony on
June 25, 2008 in Toronto. The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize outstanding
contributions to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.
    For 17 years, Jeffrey has been delivering fire safety education to his
grade 4 - 7 classes. Although not required in the school curriculum, Jeff
adapts lessons and activities from the Learn Not to Burn program into several
subjects, including math, social studies and geography. Jeffrey has expanded
the program to include activities such as home fire escape drills and fire
safety resources that are taken home, reviewed and completed by the students
and their families.
    Jeffrey's commitment to fire safety education stems from a promise he
made to a firefighter friend over 17 years ago. During his first year as a
firefighter, Jeffrey's friend was called to a fire that caused the death of a
young child. Since that time, Jeffrey has honoured his promise to teach fire
safety to children and help prevent further tragedies.
    "Imagine the number of students that have benefited from the fire safety
education provided by Jeffrey over his 17 year teaching career," said Fire
Marshal Patrick Burke. "These children and their families now possess valuable
fire prevention knowledge and will know exactly what to do to protect
themselves in the event of a fire."

    Fire departments throughout the province nominated individuals and
organizations for this year's awards; 16 recipients were selected. The
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Rick Bartolucci and
Fire Marshal Burke will present the awards at a luncheon ceremony at the
Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto.

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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