Veteran Oshawa firefighter is Kiwanis Firefighter of the Year

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Published June 22, 2023 at 9:23 am

A 14-year veteran Oshawa firefighter, well respected leader and community volunteer is this year’s Durham A.M. Kiwanis Firefighter of the Year.

Chris Leslie joined Oshawa Fire Services in 2009, where he joined the Tactical Rescue Team and became certified in rope, confined space, trench and water rescues.

A press release from the City noted that Leslie’s experience, composure and “ability to work seamlessly within the team” all played a significant role during a recent townhouse fire where his crew saved the life of a young child.

Leslie is also active in the community and passionate about volunteering. Since 2017, he has been volunteering his time during the holiday season picking up food for St. Vincent de Paul.

Born and raised in Durham Region, Leslie was a volunteer firefighter with Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services prior to joining Oshawa Fire. He is also an OFS elevator technician.

“Congratulations on receiving the Durham A.M. Kiwanis Firefighter of the Year Award, Chris, it is well-deserved,” said Mayor Dan Carter. “Your commitment to the Oshawa community has not gone unnoticed. We thank you for your service.”

Established in 1974 by Durham A.M. Kiwanis, the Firefighter of the Year Award recognizes one member of the Oshawa Fire Services annually for their exceptional job performance. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues and chosen by senior staff.

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