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FORMER TV STAR TO JOIN FIREFEST 2004 ON NOV. 5

Actor Randy Mantooth, the paramedic/firefighter from the 1970s classic television series "Emergency!," will be in Buffalo next week for Firefest 2004, a fund-raiser to benefit Variety Club.

Firefest 2004 will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Nov. 5 in The Sphere nightclub, 681 Main St.

Mantooth's role as John Gage alongside partner Kevin Tighe (as Roy DeSoto) inspired many to enter the fields of firefighting or emergency medical services, organizers said. The show depicted the paramedic team assigned to Squad 51 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It ran on NBC from 1972 to 1977.

Mantooth now plays the chief of detectives in the long-running CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns."

Advance sale tickets are $20 and are available at Firefest sponsors Fuccillo Chevrolet on Grand Island, all Western New York Delta Sonic locations, tickets.com outlets and the Variety Club of Buffalo, 195 Delaware Ave. Tickets are $25 at the door.

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