Canadian firefighter who disappeared found alive in California

A Toronto firefighter missing on a ski trip to Lake Placid, NY, was found alive on the other side of the country in California on Tuesday.

Captain Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, 49, was last seen at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in New York State on Wednesday, February 7th.

He was on an annual ski trip with other firefighters. He wanted to make one last descent, before the closing of the tracks, and had not been seen later by his fellow travelers.

According to the President of the Toronto Association of Professional Firefighters, Mr. Filippidis telephoned his wife and called her by her nickname, so she recognized him right away.

Frank Ramagnano reports that he was still wearing his ski clothes when he was found alone near Sacramento and was disoriented. He was taken to the hospital.

When journalists asked Mr. Ramagnano if Constantinos Filippidis was suffering from mental health problems, he said he did not know it.

An important mobilization

More than 140 people had participated in the search for Constantinos Filippidis.

Among them were police officers, border services officers and other public service employees. Toronto firefighters had also been on hand to help rescuers.

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg confirmed that the police in Sacramento were taking care of Mr. Filippidis. “We are all relieved that he was found,” he wrote in a message on Twitter.

The chief thanked all those who participated in the research and said that he could not give more details since an investigation was in progress.

Alex Blair was born and raised in the Santa Fe area   Alex has worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and written for several large blogs including Joystiq and CNET.  As a journalist for Roswell Gazette, Alex covers state news and human interest stories.

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