Toledo Public students say thanks for firefighters in special ways

Students at Larchmont Elementary sign a banner thanking Toledo firefighters for their service.

One day after thousands packed the SeaGate Centre to memorialize two Toledo firefighters recently killed in the line of duty, students at several Toledo Public schools showed their support for the city's heroes.

This week, kids at Larchmont Elementary in west Toledo designed a special banner for members of the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department this week. On Friday, students, teachers an staff signed the giant message during their lunch period. The banner will be delivered to firefighters at Station No. 3.

Meanwhile, students at Old Orchard Elementary School made a unity chain for Toledo's brave firefighters. Each student added a link with their name and message. Firefighters from Station No. 25 visited the school on Friday to accept the gift of unity.

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At Raymer Elementary, students created a banner for firefighters at Station No. 6.

Garfield Elementary students delivered cards and letters to Station No. 13, while Walbridge students paid one dollar to dress in jeans Friday. The money collected will be donated to the Firefighters Memorial Fund.

Organizers say the gestures and messages presented Friday are just a few ways to say thanks to firefighters for their sacrifice.

A moment of silence will be held at all Toledo Public Schools events this weekend.

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Toledo firefighters Pvt. James Dickman and Pvt. Stephen Machcinski died Sunday after battling a blaze at a north Toledo apartment building. Firefighters from across the state, nation and even Canada, gathered in Toledo on Thursday to say goodbye during the fallen's 'Last Alarm' memorial.

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