It was an emotional evening to honor the lives of two firefighters killed battling a fire in north Toledo.
Firefighters, police officers, politicians, and members of the community filled the pews at The Historic Church of St. Patrick to pay tribute to two fallen firefighters, Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman.
The church is a place of historical remembrance for Toledo firefighters, who call it their "unofficial parish." The Toledo Fire Department saved this church from a fire more than 30 years ago.
e have the opportunity to celebrate the lives of these two men because of the work of the Toledo fire department," explains Monsignor Chris Vasko.
42-year-old Stephen Machcinski and 31-year-old James Dickman were killed Sunday after battling the fire at 528 Magnolia St. in north Toledo. Both men were assigned to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department's Engine 3 and were called to assist in fighting the fire along with a number of other engines.
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Pvts. Machcinski and Dickman died from thermal burns and exposure to carbon monoxide, according to a Lucas County Coroner's statement.
There will be a "Last Alarm Service" on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Seagate Centre in downtown Toledo. The Historic Church of St. Patrick's will also honor both firefighters at a mass on Sunday, Feb. 2.