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Kingston and area firefighters raise $10,500 for Fort McMurray victims

May 13, 2016 -

Kingston and area firefighters have raised $10,500 in donations for the Canadian Red Cross to support residents who have lost their homes or have been displaced by the fires in Fort McMurray.

"We are really touched by the generosity of the community. It's an awesome community we live in. That's just how much has been donated in the last three days. We are working to plan other efforts which we will announce once we are further along," says Fire Chief Shawn Armstrong.

Nearly $7,000 of that total was raised through resident donations during this week's Fire Station open houses.  Another $3,500 has been added to date by the firefighters from the Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington Mutual Aid Association. Firefighters from across Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington are now considering similar drives in their communities.

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