Kitchener man to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - Shon Carroll 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.
    In 2004, Shon worked as an animal control officer in the
Kitchener-Waterloo area and in his spare time, became the Canadian Grand
Champion Elvis Tribute Artist for that year. Then, Shon's 13-year-old son died
tragically in a fire at a friend's home. Determined to save other families
from suffering the devastating loss of a child, Shon and his wife Tammy began
raising funds for the Canadian injury prevention program Risk Watch.
    Using his talents as an Elvis tribute artist, Shon has to date given two
shows and raised almost $4,000 for the purchase of Risk Watch materials. Shon
has also met with teachers to encourage them to use Risk Watch in their
    "Shon has been a driving force behind keeping children safer from injury
and fire," said Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "His initiative and commitment have
certainly built a strong foundation of safety awareness for the
Kitchener-Waterloo community."

    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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