Donald (Chic) Milne answered his last alarm from Fire Station 2 on Feb. 2, 1974. He drove Pumper 2 from the fire hall at Keele St. and Rutherford Rd. to a house fire on Crestwood Rd. in Thornhill. He died in hospital the next day. Chic was the first — and to this day, the only — Vaughan firefighter to die in the performance of his duties. Thirty-five years later, the station he was based out of has been dedicated to his memory.
Having received the endorsement of the Vaughan Professional Firefighters Association on Sept. 10, incumbent Liberal and Thornhill candidate Mario Racco knocked on some local doors with the help of a few firefighters.
He and his yellow-clad firefighting friends were in the Bathurst St. and Clark Ave. neighbourhood Tuesday trying to win over undecided voters like Sarah and Doris. From left to right, Jerry Nicosia, Sarah, Doris, Racco and Rick Greenfield.