Missing Toronto firefighter found in California

Missing Toronto firefighter found in California

A Toronto firefighter who went missing on a ski trip last week in New York State was found Tuesday in Sacramento, Calif.

Toronto Fire Capt. Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, 49, was last seen Feb. 7 skiing with friends and family at Whiteface Mountain in upstate New York.

There is no information how he went missing or ended up in Sacramento.

“We are just relieved that he has been found. It’s a confusing situation, but we will have to let the local authorities (in Sacramento) deal with that,” Frank Ramaganona, spokesman for the Toronto Fire Fighters Association, said Tuesday.

“All I know is he was found in a confused and dazed condition and is receiving medical attention. His family is happy and flying down to meet him,” said Ramaganona, who was one of the local volunteers who travelled to Whiteface to help in the search.

“I saw the pain in his kids eyes when we were there. There were over 100 local volunteers who went to help,” said Ramaganona, adding he isn’t aware of any connection Filippidus has to California.

“No matter the outcome, it doesn’t take away from all the work the volunteers did.”

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg sent out a tweet Tuesday, confirming the search for Filippidis was over.

“We are all very relieved to know he is safe, following what has been an exhausted search operation. Although details are limited at this time, we are advised he is in the care of the police in Sacramento,” Pegg tweeted.

“As this is now an ongoing investigation, I am unable to provide further comment.”

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