Firefighters and community members honored two Toledo firefighters, one week after they were killed in the line of duty.
Hundreds filled the pews at the Historic Church of St. Patrick to celebrate the lives of fallen Toledo firefighters Pvt. Stephen Machcinski and Pvt. James Dickman. Their uniforms sat in the church under the candlelight of an eternal flame, as friends and family sent their blessings.
Toledo Fire Chief Luis Santiago joined others to deliver their gratitude to the community for its support during this trying week.
??The community has been over and above what we could have hoped for or even imagined,?? said Rick Syroka, Acting Deputy Chief of the Toledo Fire Division. ??Everybody tries to take care of each other.??
Fire officials again rang the last alarm bell as bagpipers played Amazing Grace. Rev. Chris Vasko said the multi-faith crowd showed the true colors of the community.
??What we can do best is pray, that??s what churches are all about,?? said Vasko. ??Understanding that there are people doing that for the firefighters and their families can be a great comfort to those people.??
Both firefighters were killed battling a blaze at an apartment building at 528 Magnolia St. The buildings owner, 61-year-old Ray Abou-Arab, will be arraigned in Toledo Municipal Court on Monday morning after being arrested on charges of aggravated murder and aggravated arson.