Firefighters from around the nation are expected to be among the mourners at Thursday's 'Last Alarm' memorial for two Toledo firefighters killed in the line of duty.
The two-hour service will take place at the SeaGate Centre beginning at 7 p.m. Thousands from the Toledo-area and region are expected to fill the downtown Toledo convention center. -- VIEW program for Thursday evening's memorial - Page 1 - Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4 --
42-year-old Stephen Machcinski and 31-year-old James Dickman were
after battling a fire at 528 Magnolia Street in north Toledo. "During the course of those efforts, they suffered fatal injuries," said Santiago. "After what can be described as valiant efforts to help their fellow firefighters, they removed them from the structure and began immediate care and life-saving measures."
Investigators have not released a cause for the fire or details about what led to their deaths. Santiago said Monday that the department will do everything they can to investigate the fire while still making the fallen firefighters' families the number one priority. "It's very traumatic for us as a department, but I can only imagine how it is for the families," said Santiago. "We're trying to help them manage."
Summit Street Parking said they would donate all proceeds from Thursday's memorial service parking to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Foundation. The Eyde Company of Lansing Michigan said the decision was made to "show support for the hard work and bravery shown by the Toledo Fire Department."
Parking for the memorial will open at 5 p.m. at the parking structure's entrance on Summit Street, across the street from Seagate Centre.
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