Businesses still pulling for Toledo firefighters


TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Businesses in the Toledo area are still stepping up to show support for the Toledo Fire Department, and the families of fallen firefighters Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman.

Granite City Food and Brewery will donate 10 percent of all purchases made Feb. 10-13 to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Foundation.

"We did four days because usually what happens is one day, people got things they are tending to, but with the four days, you've got your options," said Scott McDole, partnering manager at Granite City.

They will donate 10 percent from all meals and anything purchased there. Customers just have to mention their flyer or the firefighter fund.

"Most of us had a loss in life," McDole said. "I had one, and it impacts me. So I can only imagine what the families (of Machcinski and Dickman) are going through. Anything we can do to help out is huge."

Another local company, Jupmode, is making sure the entire community can show they are 'Toledo Strong' by selling custom T-shirts to raise money for firefighters' families.

TFD's Lt. Matt Hertzfeld says things may never return to normal for the department or the city. There will be a new normal, and the shirts will help keep Machcinski and Dickman's memories alive.

He says the 'Toledo Strong' motto on the shirts is fitting.

"I think it says a lot about the community, the way they rallied around us as firefighters, the way they supported us, all the things," he said. "It think it's easily summed up as Toledo Strong. We're there for each other. What more can be said?"

The shirts cost $20 and proceeds go to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Foundation.

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