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When a hurricane swept through Toronto, this firefighter made the heartbreaking first rescue attempt

October 16, 2020
By CBC News

Oct. 16, 2020, Toronto – On the wet and windy evening of Oct. 15, 1954, Ken Maxwell was sitting in his Etobicoke firehall when he heard screams come across his truck’s radio. Outside, Hurricane Hazel was bearing down on the city and Maxwell’s crew was under strict orders from the fire chief to leave the station only under emergency circumstances. The fire department was to take no unnecessary risks in the storm, which had already claimed more than 400 lives in Haiti and close to 100 in the United States. CBC News reports. | READ MORE