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Aug. 11, 2008

As many of you know, I’m working from Nova Scotia this week and didn’t tune into Toronto news yesterday morning until the Sunrise Propane fire was well under control.

August 11, 2008 
By Carey Fredericks

watching CityTV’s all-news channel, CP24, on satellite TV was an eerie
experience as the network showed shots of the massive explosions over and over
and over again.


spent time with blogger and renowned speaker Billy Goldfeder last month, I was
quietly hoping that despite the magnitude of the fire and explosions in
Toronto, we wouldn’t be reading about the propane blast on Chief
Goldfeder’s blog,, which details line of duty deaths.



late in the day, Toronto Fire Services announced that a firefighter had been
found with vital signs absent, and later confirmed the death of District Chief
Bob Leeks.


Canadians (including Fire Fighting in
Canada) informed Goldfeder about the
LODD, and at
11 p.m., I received an e-mail from Goldfeder, sensitively
announcing DC Leek’s passing.


morning, poignant and touching e-mails from contributors who write for Fire
Fighting in
Canada and who knew DC Leek started
pouring in. Another, from a former student of Leek’s, is heartfelt and
touching. Click here to see the tribute to a teacher, mentor and friend.


headlines in the
Toronto papers this morning scream Terror
in the Night (The Sun), Fire and Rage (Toronto Star) and Gas blast causes
bedlam in
Toronto (Globe and Mail). It’s a tough day for the Toronto Fire
Services and, in particular, for the family and friends of DC Leek. By all
accounts, Leek was a wonderful friend and colleague. Our hearts go out to his
family and those who worked with him over his 25 years of service.

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