SeaGate Centre to hold memorial service for fallen firefighters

Plans for the public to honor two fallen Toledo firefighters have been announced.

Plans have been announced to allow the public to mourn the passing of two Toledo firefighters, killed in the line of duty on Sunday.

There will be a "Last Alarm Service" for 42-year-old Steve Machcinski and 31-year-old James Dickman on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Seagate Centre in downtown Toledo.

The location will accommodate up to 5,000 people, including firefighters from across the U.S. and Canada as well as local, state and federal dignitaries.

"We're expecting quite an overflow because we are truly expecting folks from literally all over the country and beyond, from Canada, to attend and help us pay the proper respects," Toledo Fire Chief Luis Santiago said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Dickman's family has also announced plans for a public service.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, prior to the Last Alarm service, at

Cedar Creek Church in Perrysburg

from 11 am to 5 p.m.

Obituaries for Private Machcinski and Private Dickman have also announced private services for the men to be held or directed by Walker Family Funeral Homes.

An additional visitation, for Dickman's family and friends, will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 at The Chapel on Galloway Road in Sandusky.

Funeral services for Dickman will follow at 1 p.m., and end with his burial at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky.

Machcinski's relatives plan to receive family and friends on Friday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home on Sylvania Avenue.

Funeral services will be held the next day, Saturday at 10 a.m. at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, the Machcinski family is asking that contributions be made to the Dickman family memorial fund c/o any PNC Bank.

Condolences can also be shared with both families at the

Walker Funeral Home Website


Pvt. Machcinski and Pvt. Dickman both died while fighting an apartment fire on Magnolia in Toledo on Sunday.

A preliminary autopsy report on the men, released Tuesday, indicated the pair died from "thermal burns & exposure to carbon monoxide."

Pvt. Machcinski served the Toledo Fire Department for nearly 16 years and Pvt. Dickman served for around 6 months, serving at the Perkins Township Fire Department in Erie County for nearly a decade before joining the Toledo Fire Department.