Restoring Fire Fighter Memorial

    McGuinty Government Helps Kick-Off Fundraising Drive

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is contributing $100,000 to help restore the Ontario Fire Fighter
Memorial that was defaced by vandals last May.
    Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Rick Bartolucci
announced the McGuinty government's contribution today at the memorial site at
Queen's Park.
    The Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association hopes to raise
$500,000 to restore the memorial, which honours firefighters killed in the
line of duty. Each year, the names of fallen firefighters are added to the
memorial in a special ceremony.
    The public can make a contribution to the "Ontario Fallen Fire Fighter
Memorial Restoration Fund" at any TD Canada Trust branch in Ontario.


    "We cannot allow the memory of these brave firefighters to be dishonoured
by cowardly and depraved vandals," said Community Safety and Correctional
Services Minister Rick Bartolucci
( "Our contribution
to restoring this memorial is a measure of our gratitude to those firefighters
who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community and to their
colleagues who continue to risk their lives for us every day."
    "Ontario's firefighters are determined to restore this memorial to our
fallen colleagues," said Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association
( President Fred LeBlanc. "We are grateful
to Premier Dalton McGuinty, Minister Bartolucci and the government of Ontario
for this generous contribution to that goal."


    -   The names of 420 Ontario firefighters who lost their lives in the
        line of duty are engraved on the memorial.

    -   Dedicated on June 5, 2005, by Premier McGuinty, the memorial is
        located at the northeast corner of College and University Avenue in
        downtown Toronto.


    Learn about the Fire Fighter Memorial

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For further information:

For further information: Laura Blondeau, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4973; Anthony Brown, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7772

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