On Sunday afternoon, a fire at a convenience store took the life of two Toledo firefighters. Our office mourns with thousands of others in the community for this tragic loss.
The firefighters, Stephen A. Machcincski and James A. Dickham were assigned to Engine 3, responding to a fire just after 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. This fire would ultimately cause extreme heartbreak for the firefighters’ families, along with the rest of the community.
“It was in the course of these efforts that [the two firefighters] suffered fatal injuries after what could be described as valiant efforts. They removed them from the structure to begin life-saving measures. They were transferred to St. Vincent’s Medical Center. “ - Fire Chief Luis Santiago
“They run into harm’s way instead of running away from harm’s way.” - Toledo Mayor Michael Collins
We are extremely grateful for the danger that Toledo Firefighters put themselves in on a daily basis. They put other’s wellbeing ahead of their own, a characteristic of true heroes.
The Community Mourns the Loss of Toledo Firefighters
The two fallen firefighters, 42-year-old Stephen A. Machcinski with 16 years of service, and 31-year-old James A. Dickham with 6 months of service, are in the hearts of many. There is a memorial planned for the two, a Last Alarm Service, for Thursday evening. Over five thousand people are expected to attend the service and pay tribute to these two Toledo heroes.
The families of the firefighters will be a part of the tribute service.
“We are truly expecting folks from literally all over the country and beyond from Canada to attend and help us pay proper respects.” - Chief Santiago
Paying Tribute to Toledo’s Heroes
As stated above, the Last Alarm Service will be on Thursday evening. It will be open to the public from 7-9 p.m. at the Seagate Convention Centre.
We are confident that the service will be beautiful, giving our entire community the chance our respects for these heroes, as well as communicate to all firefighters how important they truly are.
Join us in paying respects to Stephen Machcincski and James Dickham on Thursday.