TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A Toledo woman is hoping to coordinate a community effort to provide meals for Toledo's firefighters in wake of the weekend's tragedy. Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman, both members of the Toledo Fire Department, were killed in a fire on Magnolia Street Sunday afternoon.
Jamie Armstrong set up a Facebook group and event in an effort to provide meals for all 18 Toledo Fire Department stations this week. Armstrong is asking someone to bring a main dish, side, desert or beverage to each station each night.
Armstrong is using PerfectPotluck.com to coordinate the effort. Under the "Find A Meal" section, users can log in using the coordinator last name "Armstrong" and password "012614".
Armstrong says this is her way to say thanks to firefighters for what they do.
"When a family loses somebody the neighborhood usually comes together, they bring dinners for the week so you don't have to deal with all of that in addition to your loss and I thought wouldn't that be cool if we could do that for the firefighters. It's such a selfless job, to know you're going to work every day putting your life on the line for others," said Armstrong.
The effort has gained so much support, Armstrong says she plans to extend the meals a second week. And then she plans to coordinate meals for fire stations in Toledo and the surrounding area on the 26th of every month, in honor of Machcinski and Dickman, who died on Jan. 26.
Northwest Ohio has come together in more ways to honor the lives of those lost. Maumee Mayor Richard Carr has ordered all of the city's flags to be lowered to half-staff for the rest of the week. Signs of support can be found all around the Toledo area, including billboards.
The Historic Church of St. Patrick will be celebrating the lives of Machcinski and Dickman this week with a special mass on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. The church, located on Avondale, was saved from destruction by the Toledo Fire Department.
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