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      Toledo Fire unveils newly-renovated Fire Station 3, memorial for fallen

      Memorial on the wall of newly-renovated Toledo Fire Station 3.

      O fficials at one of Toledo's oldest and still active fire stations are celebrating the unveiling of its new look.

      The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department's Fire Station 3, at the corner of Bush and Erie streets, was re-opened on Monday after a nearly $3 million renovation.

      Structural issues forced the station to close in 2012, but now, the century-old station is equipped with an updated fire truck and ambulance bay, state-of-the-art kitchen, and lounge areas.

      Also included on the station's walls is a memorial honoring fallen Toledo firefighters Stephen Machcinski and Jamie Dickman. The men were killed fighting a north Toledo apartment fire in January. They had both worked at Station 3.

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      "When firefighters come back from a run, whether it's a medical run or a fire run, they're going to pass that stone," said Fire Chief Luis Santiago of the memorial wall. "It's symbolic of Steve and Jamie saying 'Hey, I'm glad you made it back.'"

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      During the two year renovation project, the squad from Station 3 was temporarily housed at Station 13 on Front Street. The department will determine when crews can move back in to Station 3 by the end of the week.